Digital world

  • Cyber attacks targeting critical infrastructure

    15 February 2019 by Michael A. Mullane
    Malicious hackers are threatening public safety all over the world. In the United States, for example, the January edition of the National Intelligence Strategy Report warns, “Cyber threats will pose an increasing risk...
  • Rethinking the healthcare ecosystem

    15 January 2019 by Antoinette Price
    Today, for many, technology is an inextricable part of life and healthcare. Friendly robots administer daily medications; algorithms diagnose diseases more accurately than top specialists, and a doctor’s appointment can...
  • Being prepared for quantum computing

    15 January 2019 by Michael A. Mullane
    One of the MIT’s best-known physicists, Seth Lloyd, uses a musical analogy to explain quantum computers. Classical computation, he says, is like a solo voice that produces a series of pure tones which form a single...
  • Who needs AI

    15 January 2019 by Mike Mullane
    Ignore the recent media reports about the failings of AI devices, from disappointing gadgets on show at the CES to malfunctioning hotel bots. Some of the stories are very funny, but all they tell us is that the...
  • Standards for key information technologies

    15 January 2019 by Antoinette Price
    The Internet of Things (IoT), increased connectivity and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as algorithms and machine learning are enabling industries to streamline processes, improve efficiency...
  • Bringing the ethics into innovation

    15 January 2019 by Zoë Smart
    At this time of the year many eyes are turned towards the new technologies coming out of big trade shows, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And while new...
  • Making cities smarter

    15 June 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Quayside, a waterfront district in Toronto, is advertised as the first city to be "built from the Internet up". A joint partnership between Google Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, Quayside seeks to...
  • How secure is your medical device?

    15 June 2018 by Antoinette Price
    In 2007, when cautious doctors replaced a former US Vice President’s heart defibrillator, a battery-powered device placed under the skin to monitor heart rate, they modified it so it couldn't be hacked by terrorists, by...
  • Eliminating bias from algorithms

    15 June 2018 by Mike Mullane
    Wael Diab, who is leading international efforts to standardize artificial intelligence (AI), has identified the mitigation of data bias as a priority challenge for eventual future standards work. Diab recently told the...
  • Keeping our cyber world safe

    15 June 2018 by Antoinette Price
    As with any other day, you wake up, check the smart phone, read emails, note sleep quality, get the real-time weather update and dress accordingly, adjust your smart home settings from an app, jump in the car, ask your...