Conflicts are part of our nature, even if we often try to deny this. It’s always interesting to watch, how humanity tries to invent some new ways to make a point by displaying force superiority. Some of those ways are just amusing, some – really awesome. One more video of pure awesomeness from FPS Russia.
This is so freakin’ cool!
Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute have created a new type of an interface. Looks like that in the nearest future we will be able to interact with any surface(including tables, walls and even body parts) like with touchscreen. We have seen this technology in sci-fi movies, apparently soon it will become reality.
I spent few weekends playing the new Deus Ex game – Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I was reluctant to try it, because I have not so much free time these days and I wasn’t expecting anything great, but my friends urged me to play it. Also, don’t forget that this game had some superb trailers. So, I decided to give it a try. Well, the game wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad either. From time to time I was growing tired of the repetitive gameplay: the same long corridors, the same, pretty easy, hacking puzzles, the same “sneak on unsuspecting victim and bring him down” game. But there were two things, which kept me playing: first, I am a fan of original Deus Ex and second – the story was really good, not amazing, but good enough to compel me to write this post.
By the way, as I will be inditing my thoughts on this subject, be warned about possible spoilers. Continue reading only if you have finished the game or aren’t planning to.
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Here is yet another video from Black Hat USA 2011 security conference, as a continuation to the topic I brought up before.
This video is invaluable to anyone, who wants to know more about a current situation in facial recognition technology. Yeah, it’s kinda long(almost like a movie!), but it’s worth your time. Unfortunately, looks like that our future will be such as some authors of the dystopian fiction predicted. Privacy is a thing of the past, even if you don’t use any social service.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard about Comodo hack, which has happened earlier this year. Almost the same has happened last week, when an unidentified hacker(presumably from Iran) hacked Dutch security firm’s server and issued hundreds of bogus certificates. These incidents make us doubt the current certificate system and rightfully so, but what can we do? Well, check the video below to see some suggestions and the new insights into the problem from Black Hat USA 2011 security conference.
Have you ever wanted to have a cybernetic implant, like in the cyberpunk movies? I’m not sure about the limbs, but a brain implant with an access to Internet would come handy on many occasions. Eidos Montreal commissioned documentary video, where they compare cybernetic augmentations, found in their recently released game “Deus Ex: Human Revolution“, to the existing technologies. Very interesting.
I’m not a Luddite. When it comes to science and progress, I’m all for it. But some technologies are really scary. I’m not talking about a nuclear energy, genetic engineering or cloning. They are fine by me. I’m talking about the facial recognition. Our world more and more looks like a William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel. I like cyberpunk genre, but I’m not sure if I would like to live in such a world. Just think of all possible misuses of this technology: the governments will become even more Orwellian Big Brother alike, advertisements will become even more intrusive and creepy, identity thefts and other kinds of fraud even more common and much more sophisticated. Those are the downsides. Now, lets consider the benefits this technology gives us. Well… I can think of nothing positive about this technology, nothing positive at all…
Eventually we will get over it and accept it, we can’t change this, because progress can’t be averted, but it’s scary nonetheless.