What is Cardiac Surveillance?

Did you know that your heart is one-of-a-kind? Not metaphorically, speaking. Literally, your heartbeat (cardiac signature) is as unique to you as your fingerprint. While cardiac signatures are most commonly used to detect fatal heart conditions (the Apple Watch’s EKG monitor is already saving people’s lives), your heartbeat will soon be used to identify who you are.

And just like the research in all other areas of biometrics (fingerprints, irises, palm prints, faces, gait, DNA, typing rhythm, and voice), cardiac signatures will fall into the identification purgatory of security and surveillance.

How AI draws our voting districts and sways elections

Pizza lovers swear that the way you cut up a pizza affects the way it tastes. Similarly, politicians know that the way you cut up a state’s districts can have a profound impact on which party wins the majority in that state. And for decades AI has helped politicians in this endeavor. What’s the story behind this early use case for AI?

Partisan gerrymandering is the practice of redrawing legislative and congressional districts to help one’s own party win more elections. When done right, gerrymandering can sneakily turn a politically red state into a state with a majority blue House seats (this interactive map will help you visualize the power of redistricting). Also, John Oliver has a further explanation, if needed.

What’s a Real Estate Robopreneur?

Back in April of 2019, we put out a piece declaring We’re Living in the Era of the Robopreneur, setting forth a guideline to being an ultra-productive entrepreneur with software and algorithms by one’s side. We told the story through relevant Robopreneurs such as Casey Neistat, Kylie Jenner, and even Casper mattresses.

And then we found out about an incredibly savvy, early Robopreneur that’s still working his magic more than 3 decades under his belt as a Robopreneur.

Deepfakes are a social, not a technological problem

News about deepfakes has not stopped for the past two weeks and probably won’t slow down anytime soon. Unfortunately, the media stories are consolidated around “deepfakes cause political strife”, with the only possible solution being technology.

This narrative is important but limited in scope, which is why I will continue to propose new ways to think about deepfakes (remember deepfakes in marketing).

What’s next for consumer robots?

It disappoints me that in 2019 the most effective and popular consumer robot is still the robot vacuum cleaner, Roomba. Honestly, it’s not that surprising. We want our robots to achieve one thing really well and relieve us from that thing. However, I don’t think robots are doomed to human servitude. There’s room for robots to be free with no particular purpose and still be useful.

It’s time to rethink Privacy Policies

We have a major problem with privacy policies.

Purple, a UK WiFi hotspot provider, hid a “Community Service Clause” into its service agreements. 22,000 people at coffee shops and restaurants across the UK agreed to 1,000 hours of menial labor when they signed onto use Purple’s WiFi. The labor included cleaning local parks of animal waste, cleaning portable lavatories at local festivals and events, and more.

6 Fascinating New AI Use Cases

These past few weeks have been exciting for future-thinkers like me because of the entirely novel ways that AI is being introduced and used in society. Although I’m a fan of following and talking about the continued progress of something meaningful – it’s also refreshing to get an onslaught of new ideas. Without further ado…

Are we ready for human-machine collaboration?

What does it mean for humans and machines to collaborate? Naturally, the images of robotic arms in an auto assembly line and Amazon’s warehouse floor where Roomba-like robots move products around come to mind.

Both scenarios have humans and machines working together. But they aren’t necessarily collaborating. The machine has a rigid path or capability and the human works around that path to do what the robot cannot.

An introduction to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

I cannot think of a technology that has gone through more tumult and re-identification than cryptocurrency. From being pegged as the bad-influence technology that enables illicit transactions on the web, to becoming the get-rich-quick scheme on CNBC, to then becoming another instance of overhyped technology, seriously, crypto has been through it all.

Along this wild ride, the true fans have never lost sight of why blockchain was created and how cryptocurrencies fit on top of this technology. Among those true fans is Facebook, who unveiled their plans to enter the market.

How Apps Can Incriminate You

Nobody likes a snitch. They are seen in movies and in public as the lowest of the lows. Should we view technological snitches in the same way? Well, what’s a technological snitch, you might ask?

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, was fined €250,000 ($280,000) by the country’s data protection agency for monitoring its Android app users’ microphones and locations without proper approval.

My 5 Plays for the Future

Being Boy Future, I often get asked by people of all types, “What do I need to know to stay ahead of the future?” Of course, it’s much more of a rolling answer than it is a one-time rebuttal.

But, when the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin asked me to give the keynote presentation at their annual Breakfast of Champions at the historic Harley-Davidson Museum – on the topic of the very question I opened this email with – I knew I had to come up with something both timely and timeless.

Are E-Scooters the answer to all of our transportation prayers?

If you don’t live in a major US city or haven’t visited one in the past year, then there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the e-scooter sharing economy. It’s just like Uber and Lyft except the vehicles are electric scooters. Flashy or not, their rise has been meteoric.

The two frontrunners – Lime and Bird – are each valued at over $2 Billion and they’ve been operating for less than 3 years. Bird was the quickest company to reach unicorn status ($1B valuation) – achieving it in just 10 months. Even Uber, Lyft, and Google are all staking their claim in this market.

You’ll soon be ordering food from an AR menu

We’ve all had the unfortunate restaurant experience of aimlessly poring over the menu for 15 minutes and nothing stands out. We go so far as reading the ingredients, praying that our taste buds will speak up. It’s a painful feeling. Conversely, we’ve all been to a restaurant where the menu speaks to us and within mere seconds our eyes land on exactly what we’re in the mood for. This is no coincidence.

Menu designers will tell you a menu is equally as important as what shows up on your plate. But what if the menu described (and showed) the food you would be served?

Why you should pay close attention to this thing called the Metaverse

The Internet has evolved to the point where we can share and communicate almost anything we want across space and time. We find love through apps. We trust our digital neighbors to give us the best suggestions for food and housing. We place our most precious photographic memories in the hands of digital giants to protect for eternity.

The Internet has become this expansive virtual, shared space for almost anything you can think of. But surely this isn’t the best version of the Internet. Like any form of existence, it must continue to grow and evolve.

Google Glass is back and this time they actually have customers!

You are likely to put on AR glasses at work long before you put them on at home.

Kevin Kelly, Wired

It’s a little bit heartbreaking, especially as a technophile, knowing that Augmented Reality is going to satisfy enterprise/commercial needs long before it enters the consumer market. But Kevin Kelly’s statement is right on point.

Whether you work in an office, on the factory floor, or in an emergency room, both Microsoft and Google are betting that you’ll come around to using their AR glasses at work first.

What makes a voice app impressive?

The goal of any new technology is to remove friction from people’s lives. This is especially the rallying cry of smart speakers, voices assistants, and the tens of thousands of voice skills they possess. The Amazon Echo and Google Home lineups exist to make our lives easier.

So how is it that a fictional character which speaks a language that nobody understands became a hit voice app in the Alexa Skill store?

It’s time to download a new messaging app… because yours may not be secure

We all trust USPS, UPS, and FedEx to not open and read our mail. From your pen to your recipient’s hands, nobody gets to see what’s been said except you two. And if someone along the way has tampered with your mail, it’s pretty obvious considering the condition of the mail has changed.

Six Resources That’ll Instantly Improve Your Digital Security

We’re less than 48 hours from our Digital Hangout on the State of Digital Privacy. If you haven’t RSVP’ed yet, please click here to reserve your seat because we’re going live on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm CST, and as always it’ll be a conversation you don’t want to miss out on.

Having said that, if you plan on attending, we thought we’d give you some resources to look over before the hangout, this includes a few articles, privacy checklists, and books that we highly respect.

Apple and Facebook want to popularize Digital Security. But are they what we need?

When it comes to digital security, it’s tempting to say “I’m secure today, nothing bad has happened yet, and therefore I’m good for life”. However, this is like taking a shower and saying you’ll be clean for eternity. Maintaining your digital security is an ongoing battle and therefore needs to become habitual. And for most of us, this means it needs to be simple and accessible.

Are we too trustworthy of Google and Amazon’s smart speakers?

Corporations are just as vulnerable to the complexity of trust as people are. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon all must broker trust through their services, their public figures, and the things they create. As I said last week:

A good relationship is built on trust. I don’t have to remind you of all the trust you put in Gmail to send your correspondence, iCloud to secure your precious photos, or Amazon to take care of your purchases. The problem, though, is that our trustworthy relationships are breeding dependence. We’re becoming extremely reliant in a very unhealthy, dangerous way.

Thoughts on our relationship with technology

What I didn’t touch on is how smart speakers are complicating things. They are built with all the qualities of an active listener and are building trust in the same way that a psychologist, a pastor, or a teacher would build trust – through an open ear. That’s literally all that smart speakers are right now… an open ear that occasionally helps out. Nearly a quarter of all US households have already fallen for this ploy of trust and installed a smart speaker.