Category Archives: Technology

Liz Weston: Equifax just changed the rest of your life

Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. Don’t make the mistake of thinking those freezes will keep you safe, however. Credit freezes lock down your credit reports in a way that should prevent “new account fraud,” or bogus accounts being opened in your name.

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Super Babies or New Rules?

You probably noticed the headlines: for the first time, U.S.-based scientists have genetically modified a human embryo.  This follows similar news from China, which, like the U.S., has touted the ability to correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases like cystic fibrosis, or to resolve the predilection to cancer or heart disease.

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Navigating the Tight Job Market of Our Automated Future

You’ve read that robots, automation and artificial intelligence are likely to displace millions of workers in the coming ten to 20 years.  So if you or someone you care about wants to stay ahead of that curve, what skills would you need to make you an ideal worker in that automated future?

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Our Driverless Future

By now, you’re familiar with at least the concept of driverless cars—a new technology where computers will replace humans behind the wheel, gradually at first, and then all at once ten or more years down the (pun intended) road.  But what you probably haven’t seen is a comprehensive review of the interesting social changes a driverless world would bring about—and the potential investment implications of it.

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Starship Medicine

If you’ve ever watched the Star Trek TV show, or any of the franchise’s movies, you’ve probably noticed that spaceship medicine is different from what we’re accustomed to.  Instead of a physical exam, on the Starship Enterprise, the doctor points a blinking device at the patient and arrives at an instant diagnosis of any health issue.

Could that ever happen in real life?  It could—and actually has.

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Drone Transport

The advent of driverless cars has made the future look awfully confusing.  Will you even OWN a car ten years in the future, when all you’ll have to do is pull out your phone and request an automated ride to wherever you want to go?  Will there be automated drones that fly above the streets?

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The 25 Worst Passwords

How secure are the passwords you use to access your banking or investment data?  A recent article in Forbes magazine surveyed security company SplashData’s password dumps, looking for the world’s most common—and, therefore, easiest to guess—passwords.  This is a big problem; SplashData estimates that just over 10% of people use at least one of the 25 most common passwords.  Guess which words hackers and cyberthieves are going to guess first when they try to hack into the account that contains your banking information?

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