Category: Telecommunications

More than a dozen things you thought were impossible ten years ago (thanks to the internet) 9/9

We continue to list a handful of things that would look like utopias or excessively optimistic science fiction stories just a decade ago, which we started in the previous installment of this series of articles. All thanks to the transformations that the internet produces, both at the technological level, as sociological and even psychological.
Hackers that compromised national security, and will continue to do so
Hackers that compromised national security, and will continue to do so
Those responsible for illegal activities on the Internet is very diverse and includes from nation states to neighborhood thugs, intelligence services, hackivists, military personnel, industrial spies or hackers of all kinds. Some, however, have managed to compromise security in the world to unsuspected limits.
Welcome to the era of social loans 2.0
Welcome to the era of social loans 2.0
Thanks to the internet, a new class of lender dedicated to peer loans or social loans was born, such as Zopa, Lending Club and Prosper, which lend money directly to people and projects, eliminating intermediaries and the high fixed costs of large financial institutions .
What was the first word that was transmitted online 48 years ago?
What was the first word that was transmitted online 48 years ago?
Today October 29, 48 years ago, the first word would be transmitted online. Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his student Charlie Kline were in a laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), trying to communicate with a computer 600 km away. It was the first time something like this was done.
If you use Tinder, they may have more than 800 pages of personal information about you
If you use Tinder, they may have more than 800 pages of personal information about you
All the messages that you write or receive, the profiles that you like or discard, the "likes" of Facebook, your Instagram entries, and other personal data, from your studies and interests, to the frequency and schedules in which you use the app, in what Tinder has of you, and of each of its users.
A voice call is made for the first time with smartphone via nano-satellite
A voice call is made for the first time with smartphone via nano-satellite
Sending nanosatellites to space is so cheap that even universities can afford it. There are already the first companies that rent nano-satellite services for specific tasks. For the first time in history, satellites are no longer a competition between economic superpowers.
Why is it wrong to copy from Wikipedia to do classwork?
Why is it wrong to copy from Wikipedia to do classwork?
Robert McHenry, a former editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica, compared Wikipedia with a public restroom. The Cult of the Amateur author Andrew Keen compared bloggers with monkeys. The criticism of perfectly informed Neoludites, like Robert Levine, is even more bleeding.
What is stigmergy?
What is stigmergy?
Peer or similar networks, the P2P, the coordinated interaction between tens, hundreds or thousands of minds to obtain a greater good, overcoming pericycled paradigms such as wild capitalism or communism, has come to be called stigmergy. ** A world 2.0 whose maximum exponent may be Wikipedia **.
First transmission by quantum entanglement from outside the Earth
First transmission by quantum entanglement from outside the Earth
Until now, interlaced photons were successfully distributed at a distance of 100 kilometers, but now, using the Chinese Micius satellite, a transmission from outside the Earth of more than 1,200 kilometers has been achieved. The distribution of quantum entanglement has important implications for communication networks.
Retargeting of behavior: the future of digital marketing
Retargeting of behavior: the future of digital marketing
The Acxiom company already uses the data we generate with our smartphone to provide advertising based on our behavior and predictive advertising. BlueKai, your direct competitor, does so much of the same. They may soon announce things to us that we were not even aware of that might interest us so much.
Facebook Mind: how algorithms make us live in bubbles
Facebook Mind: how algorithms make us live in bubbles
"We shape our tools, then they shape us." These words, pronounced by the media theorist Marshall McLuhan, are more valid than ever to rebuild the proliferation of social networks. And, in the same way that the typewriter changed the style of many writers, social networks, and especially the algorithms that configure the information we consume, are influencing our way of perceiving the world.
Blockchain democracy will make you believe that you lived in a dictatorship
Blockchain democracy will make you believe that you lived in a dictatorship
The blockchain is a protocol that enables every human being to build trust through smart codes. The implications that this will have on our lives will be comparable, it is said, to the implementation of the personal computer or the internet. One of the aspects that can change the most thanks to the blockchain, as a global, distributed and programmable register, is that of democracy.
The mass collaboration models feel them thanks to the internet
The mass collaboration models feel them thanks to the internet
Collaboration between peers through the internet, what Yochai Benkler defines as peer production, and which, among other things, has favored the creation of Wikipedia, has several variants depending on the nature of the collaboration. Here you have a good handful of examples. Then, the typologies of massive collaboration in the opinion of Don Tapscott in his book Wikinomics: The 7 kinds of collaboration The pioneers: those who brought free software and Wikipedia, the first to demonstrate that voluntary collaboration can be as much or more powerful in terms of innovation, fluidity and speed than larger and better financed companies.
The world's first quantum satellite is already in operation
The world's first quantum satellite is already in operation
Launched last August, China's quantum communications satellite is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first space testing platform for quantum communication. As reported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), satellite tests, payloads and space-to-earth links have been completed.
Internet should be free and in Canada they want to make it happen
Internet should be free and in Canada they want to make it happen
Maslow's pyramid informs us of the basic needs of the human being and, as we satisfy the most basic ones, we climb the pyramid to aspire to other less basic ones. One of the most basic, for example, is food. Internet does not appear in the pyramid: if at all on its cusp. However, given that we live in an already interconnected world, not having internet begins to be a problem.
Chinese teapots to hack lives
Chinese teapots to hack lives
With the advent of the Internet of Things we must be prepared to face a completely new type of virus, malware that will not only manipulate our computer but everything around us. Everything that is equipped with micro-controllers or sensors may be subject to external manipulation.
How much electricity do you spend watching a television series?
How much electricity do you spend watching a television series?
A certain chapter of the Modern Family series consumes a total of electricity that is not the same as, for example, a certain chapter of Game of Thrones. And even among several chapters of the same series, such as The IT Crowd or Sherlock, we can find disparate consumptions. These are some data that we will begin to receive shortly thanks to smart meters, one of the most important elements of the Internet of Things, which, thanks to its bi-directional communication capabilities, will allow us to track the usage details of domestic electricity to unsuspected limits.
Every two blinks a Facebook account is supplanted
Every two blinks a Facebook account is supplanted
The blinking of the eye lasts, exactly, 50-70 milliseconds. And in what it took us to blink twice, that is, 140 milliseconds, someone on the Internet has supplanted two Facebook accounts. This, in more graphic numbers, means that every day about 600,000 Facebook accounts are violated, as Facebook's security division has acknowledged.
On the Internet, the crime is exponential, not linear
On the Internet, the crime is exponential, not linear
With a razor or a gun, in the past, criminals can carry out crimes such as theft. However, these and other criminals, in general, could only steal a certain number of people a day. The victims were few. The aspiring criminals, however, have found on the Internet a form of mass crime.
Microsoft and Facebook will build a cable that connects Bilbao with the United States
Microsoft and Facebook will build a cable that connects Bilbao with the United States
The first cable between two lands separated by water was laid by businessman Jacob Brett, in 1852. It was under the English Channel and linked the United Kingdom and France, and was intended for telegraph service. The first transoceanic link with optical fibers was called TAT-8. It began operating in 1988.
What information can they know about you for carrying a mobile?
What information can they know about you for carrying a mobile?
What would you think if you could know at all times where you are, how and where you travel, where you stop, if you are in a demonstration, if you frequent more places than others? Would you like it? Or would you ask that this information be removed immediately? How do they get it? The truth is that we have no idea how much information they have and what they can know about us.