Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Human Hacking Fears; Half a Million Pacemakers Recalled

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


You know you’re living in the future when half a million people are called in for a personal firmware update.

Two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after discovering security flaws that could allow hackers to run batteries down or alter people’s heartbeats.

In May, researchers at a security firm discovered these and many other pacemakers could be intercepted using equipment as cheap as $15, and all bought on eBay.

Since pacemakers are battery-operated devices that are surgically implanted into a patient’s chest to control their heartbeats, the risk to human life was obvious.

“As medical devices become increasingly interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical devices, and smartphones, there is an increased risk of exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, some of which could affect how a medical device operates,” the FDA stated in a security advisory.


Wisconsin Company to Microchip Employees

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

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If your boss asked, would you get a company microchip implanted into your hand? I remember being asked this question when I was a teenager, sitting around discussing flying cars and retinal scans.

“It will never happen,” was my all-too quick answer. This week, a Wisconsin Company proved me wrong.

Three Square Market (32M)—which sells vending machines for office break rooms—asked for at least 50 of its staff members to step forward and be “voluntarily chipped”.

I imagine much to their surprise, the company was not talking about the potato variety. Instead, they were asking to implant tiny RFID chips (as shown above).


Thirteen Everyday Technologies That Once Terrified Humanity

Friday, July 21st, 2017


Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic. And humanity has spent a great deal of time terrified of both. Even in 2017, many people are still suspicious of common household items, whose inner workings are mysterious and unexplained.

This is a portentous list of thirteen technological terrors humanity has been afraid of. Read on, and see if any of these wired widgets make you a little nervous.


Our Seven Top Tech Predictions For 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017


The complete domination of Amazon Cloud, internet-connected glasses, and an anti-ransomware Batman. That’s what you have to look forward to in 2017.

Read our tech predictions on the year to come. Unlike Nostradamus and the Aztec Calendar, we’ll tell you what’s coming in no uncertain terms.