Cybervandalism/Cyberattacks, in one form or another, are now integral with public acts of terror.
A footnote to our posts on the hacking-cyberwar continuum
With the deluge of news about the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last week, less media attention has been given ISIS’ intrusion into cyberattack on U.S. Centcom’s Twitter account January 12 than normally would be the case. That event underscores a corollary to my analysis in OWDT’s most recent blog posts: that cybervandalism/cyberattacks, in one form or another, are now integral with public acts of terror.
Positive tech innovations we can look forward to in the near future
Tech breakthroughs inevitably bring new, often impossible-to-predict vulnerabilities. That said, the ‘fun,’ even life-enriching side of tech was there for the world to see at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. New products ranged from the frivolous (a new pants smart belt that automatically grows larger after a meal) to the practical (XYZPrinting’s 3D food printer that turns food ingredients into completed deserts/meals within minutes as well as a new flash battery that can charge a smartphone in one minute).
Revolutionary changes predicted for the next 10 years, Part I
The Smart Home
4 and 8K Screens Become Standard
You probably already know about The Internet of Things (IoT), described in previous blogs. The Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector is a clear example of the benefits of IoT. It includes a conventional alarm, combined with a potentially life-saving human voice message, letting you know the exact location of a fire or carbon monoxide buildup.
Such smart devices are already populating the homes of tech savvy folks who can afford them, allowing them to take control of all their appliances/home devices from a smartphone or tablet. As digital platforms improve and become more affordable, they will become increasingly standard –e.g., as with Apple’s soon-to-launch HomeKit, and Google’s Nest.
Look for 2015 to be a breakthrough year in IoT.
Most all TV retailers now have 4K TVs in their showrooms with full capacity 4K video transmission (four times of resolution of full HD video). You’ll find low, mid and high-range choices, with prices on the low end finally comparable with 1080p HD. Be very careful, however, to make sure that the specs on any 4K TV you purchase are fully upgradable to accommodate the new Netflix and other modality 4K transmission options being introduced beginning this month. Unfortunately, some low-end 4K TVs sold in recent months are already outmoded with no ‘fix’ possible.
More cameras and smartphones offer 4K recording capacity, and, within the next few years small device 4K screens will be introduced. 4K computer monitors are already available (for about $500) and integrate beautifully with already standard ultra-wide aspect ratios for a much-improved picture. In fact, for now they’re a more practical choice than a 4K TV because most computer operating systems already have screen output capabilities greater than 1080p.
The percentage of 4K models produced will increase throughout 2015. Also, expect 1080p Plasma TVs to move towards extinction, despite having some screen contrast advantages over LCD/LED. This is because the latter have proven more cost competitive and claim greater longevity.
In my next blog…
I’ll discuss ever-smarter wearables, the explosion of medical digital devices, digital innovations for automobile drivers, virtual reality gaming breakthroughs and other exciting developments on the horizon.