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Artificial Intelligence: What Can Go Wrong?

An article in The Economist titled Rise of the Machines (May 9th, 2015) reported that “Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at the University of Oxford who helped develop the notion of ‘existential risks’ – those that threaten humanity in general – counts advanced artificial intelligence as one such, alongside giant asteroid strikes and all-out nuclear war.” In… Read the full article…


Answering ‘Yes’ to Robocalls: What Can Go Wrong?

Robocalls are on the rise, although chances are you’ve already noticed. Unsolicited phone calls have increased dramatically in recent years and many people report receiving them despite being on the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry. According to the website callblockerusa.com, “Almost nine out of ten people (89%) in America receive nuisance calls each month,… Read the full article…


The Rise of Ransomware: What Can Go Wrong?

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software. It typically encrypts the victim’s data, effectively making it unusable unless a ransom is paid. In some cases, even if the ransom is paid, the decryption fails and the victim loses the data. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan style virus. Users… Read the full article…



Voice Command Devices: What Can Go Wrong?

 A blog series on the risks associated with using “Internet of Things” smart devices: phones, cars, webcams and voice control devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. What’s can go wrong if I get an Amazon Echo or a similar voice command device? Continuing on the potential dangers of Alexa, in this article we take an… Read the full article…


Android Security: What Can Go Wrong?

What can go wrong if I order Pizza Hut from my Android device? Due to a well-publicized bug found in over 100 Android apps, when ordering Pizza Hut via the Android app the user’s password was exposed and easily could have been intercepted by a hacker. If you are like many people, you use the… Read the full article…


Amazon’s Alexa: What Can Go Wrong?

A blog Series on the risks associated with using “Internet of Things” smart devices by Michael Wangerin What’s the worst that can happen if I get an Amazon Echo (Alexa)? This is a question that will rapidly evolve over time. Amazon appears to continuously be developing new features for the product, as Farhad Manjoo reported… Read the full article…