Implanted Medical Devices: Saving Our Lives, Tempting Computer Hackers

Medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps will save many lives, but they also represent an opportunity to computer hackers who would use the Internet to cause havoc.

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Medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps will save many lives, but they also represent an opportunity to computer hackers who would use the Internet to cause havoc. Former futurist-in-residence at the FBI, Marc Goodman says it is easy to take for granted how connected we've already become to the Internet. Most American adults keep their phones within arm's reach all day, and keep their devices on their nightstand while they sleep — and forget about actually remembering people's phone numbers. That is a job we have outsourced to machines.

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Techniques Modern Terrorists Use to Stay One Step Ahead of Police

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris, technology expert Marc Goodman shares how insurgents use their media savvy and technological prowess to outmaneuver law enforcement.

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After the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris, technology expert Marc Goodman shares how insurgents use their media savvy and technological prowess to outmaneuver law enforcement. Goodman, former futurist-in-residence for the FBI, shares three examples of how terrorists have adapted to conditions on the ground, i.e. police who are trying to stop them, by leveraging the power of digital media, digital search, and digital flight. It's a truly fascinating glance at the battle happening behind the ideological struggle of these opposing forces.

Hey Siri, Where Can I Bury a Dead Body?

When Siri helped a young criminal nearly get away with murder, future crimes expert Marc Goodman realized how algorithms had become co-conspirators in a new age of digital crime.

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There are very few people who know what's under the hood of the complex algorithms that increasingly run our world. Future crimes expert Marc Goodman says nefarious characters can use that to their advantage. He tells the story of a college student who asked Siri where to dump a dead body (Siri recommended several nearby locations). In another case, terrorists hacked into the Associated Press' Twitter account to broadcast (falsely) that President Barack Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House. The lesson, says Goodman, is to become aware of how deeply technology is now embedded in our lives — perhaps irrevocably.

The successful decoding of the human genome was a phenomenal scientific achievement.  For the first time in the world’s history, the entire genetic code of the human species was fully available to scientific researchers.  The fantastic accomplishment will provide untold advances in medicine and hold the potential to vastly decrease human suffering and illness.

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