The Global Frequency

26 January 2020 | Curated by Matt Devost

If you enjoy the Global Frequency, you'd likely enjoy the conference Bob Gourley and I are producing in March called Future Proof (link).  We announced DIA Director General Ashley and Vint Cerf as the keynotes.  Going to be a thought provoking day.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Apple dropped a plan to encrypt iCloud back-ups.  Shame on me, but I thought they were already enabled. (Read More)

How a military cyber operation to disrupt the Islamic State spurred a debate. (Read More)

China's grand experiment of teaching with AI. (Read More)

Jeff Bezos was hacked by Saudi prince through WhatsApp.  It looks like Gavin de Becker really brought in a B team to handle the forensics on this and they left some stones unturned and worked towards the conclusion they wanted. (Read More)

A rare 10/10 critical vulnerability has raised concerns over the use of GE medical equipment. (Read More)

The next big Iranian cyber attack could actually be the Russians. (Read More)

IARPA launches a molecular information storage program. (Read More)

The Saudis tried to kidnap a vlogger that was critical of the regime on YouTube on American soil. (Read More)

The Coronavirus is interesting, not from a deadly pandemic perspective, but it again demonstrates the nature of global connectivity, business, and travel. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Last year I read a compelling science fiction book called the Oracle Year, which centered around a person who woke up one day with knowledge of the future and his trials and tribulations in trying to exploit that knowledge for personal gain and the betterment of society. I enjoyed it enough that picking up the author's second book was a no brainer. "Anyone: A Novel" by Charles Soule centers around a stay-at-home scientist funded by a venture capitalist to work on Alzheimers research.  Along the way, she makes a discovery that changes the course of society writ-large.  This is a great, gritty science fiction novel with a compelling world and interesting technology, characters, and the ultimate plot twist. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” — Niels Bohr

Recommendation of the Week:
I've been dipping into the Hidden Forces podcast and have found it to be worthwhile listening on a variety of compelling topics. (Link)

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