I was one of the millions of Americans affected by the 2014 Office of Personnel Management data breach. This morning, I was invited to participate in class action settlement against the federal entity. While all the effort and paperwork is not worth a few bucks to me, I figure this is as good a time... Continue Reading →
Can We Develop An Open-Source Car?
Every evening, when I go for a walk, I pass by at least two Tesla vehicles, and a third if a particular someone is attending tennis lessons. When I'm not paying close enough attention, I'll be caught off guard by a flash of light. The car has taken a photo of me for walking just... Continue Reading →
My Top 10 Digital Privacy Tools For 2021
Over the last decade, there have been numerous hacks which resulted in millions of peoples' personal data being compromised. In June 2015, United States Office of Personnel Management announced that it had been the target of a data breach targeting personnel records. During that hack, my name, birth date, social security number and more were... Continue Reading →
Smart Cities: Life Optimization or Invasion of Privacy?
In November 2017, a group associated with Bill Gates invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The smart city is set to be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies, and autonomous logistics hubs. "Envisioning future infrastructure from scratch is far easier and... Continue Reading →
Why I Refuse To Use Wearable Tech
Apple recent filed a broad patent which revealed that a wearable cuff, presumably the Apple Watch, would include a touchscreen, Bluetooth capabilities, and an "actuator" to accurately gauge blood pressure. This wearable blood pressure monitor would require FDA approval and represent Apple's first foray into medical devices. Thought the first of it's kind, Apple's proposed... Continue Reading →
Privacy Fatigue & Ditching Facebook
Five years ago, I deleted Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Last year, I deleted all content from my Facebook—every status, picture, like, and interaction. This week, now that—hopefully—the backup archive of my life has been reduced to a null, I plan to permanently delete Facebook. It was easy to delete the feed of news blips and... Continue Reading →
Progress vs. Ethics
Humans have an innate drive to create, to use their hands, and to bring new ideas to fruition. In the past, this desire was easily satisfied through craft: carpentry, knitting, painting, and novels. Industrialism has reduced the demand for handcrafted products, and the advance of technology has changed the avenues for satisfying the human initiative... Continue Reading →
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