Archinect - News 2016-08-26T08:24:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961312/what-problems-are-really-being-solved-by-today-s-tech-innovations What problems are really being solved by today's tech innovations? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oik6flj4h84kylsb.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, the bulk of the above list targets a very specific (and tiny!) slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it to me recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year Allison Arieff served as a juror on our competition, <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>. Revisit some of the winners of the competition:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li></ul><p>And check out an interview with Arieff here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134738137/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-allison-arieff-of-spur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952125/are-we-losing-the-cyberwar Are we losing the cyberwar? Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aod9pwol6mw93euz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are simply too many ways for an attacker to get into your computer now. If you log on to the office network with a smartphone, or if you carry a laptop between work and home..you make it very easy for intruders to enter the office network [..] With Wi-Fi hot spots, which can be easy to tap into, popping up everywhere, and with ever more network-enabled devices entering both the office and the home&mdash;smart TVs, smart front-door locks&mdash;intruders have a panoply of ways to break into your life.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Looming darkly over this almost Mordorian cyber threatscape is the prospect of cyber war&mdash;a future conflict fought with weaponized code that can do physical damage to infrastructure, and potentially kill people."&nbsp;</em></p><p>According to this&nbsp;<em>New Yorker&nbsp;</em>article, cybersecurity experts look back fondly on the days of computer viruses. The real problem now is cybercrime &ndash; and it's increasingly becoming an IRL threat as well, as we make "smart" everything from our houses to our cars to our lightbulbs.</p><p>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus on <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/758604/june-privacy" target="_blank">Privacy</a>.&nbsp;</strong>For more on the ways that technology is changing our notions of privacy and security, check out some recent articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149951908/getsafe-a-beginner-s-guide-to-cybersecurity-for-architects" target="_blank">#GetSafe: a beginner's guide to cybersecurity for architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" target="_blank">If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951647/nsa-exploring-data-collection-from-internet-of-things-including-biomedical-devices" target="_blank">NSA exploring data collection from Internet of Things, including biomedical devices</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950552/the-rise-of-the-blockchain-beyond-cryptocurrencies" target="_blank">The rise of the blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies</a></li></ul><p><em>Do you have projects that grapple with cha...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951647/nsa-exploring-data-collection-from-internet-of-things-including-biomedical-devices NSA exploring data collection from Internet of Things, including biomedical devices Nicholas Korody 2016-06-14T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:46:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcliajfuptxv7d8a.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Security Agency is researching opportunities to collect foreign intelligence &mdash; including the possibility of exploiting internet-connected biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to a senior official. [...] When asked if the entire scope of the Internet of Things &mdash; billions of interconnected devices &mdash; would be &ldquo;a security nightmare or a signals intelligence bonanza,&rdquo; [Richard Ledgett, the NSA&rsquo;s deputy director] replied, &ldquo;Both.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the world of the Internet of Things, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134203297/don-t-get-smart-with-me-reassessing-the-internet-of-things-in-the-home" target="_blank">Don't get smart with me: reassessing the "Internet of Things" in the home</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108031005/map-plots-the-world-s-internet-devices" target="_blank">Map Plots the World's Internet Devices</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack" target="_blank">Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/753896/june-privacy" target="_blank">Privacy</a></strong>. Have projects that grapple with how city data and other new modes of urbanism have changed our notion of privacy? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947974/open-call-for-submissions-privacy" target="_blank">open call</a> by Sunday, June 19.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134203297/don-t-get-smart-with-me-reassessing-the-internet-of-things-in-the-home Don't get smart with me: reassessing the "Internet of Things" in the home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:21:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3829566c070df26ad868285bbf58dc4.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the end of this year, some 20 million households in the U.S. will have some form of smart-home device, double the number in 2012 [...] But some homeowners find themselves frustrated by the proliferation of smart-home technology. They complain of complex systems for once-simple tasks like turning on the light, &ldquo;learning algorithms&rdquo; that get their preferences wrong and systems that simply go on the fritz too often.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a title="Hackers Present Threat to Internet of Things" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106092479/hackers-present-threat-to-internet-of-things" target="_blank">Hackers Present Threat to Internet of Things</a></li><li><a title="When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78289196/when-smart-homes-get-hacked-i-haunted-a-complete-stranger-s-house-via-the-internet" target="_blank">When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108031005/map-plots-the-world-s-internet-devices Map Plots the World's Internet Devices Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T14:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/154vxawhcgqw2tsp.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A map showing the location of every single device connected to the Internet. The image was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices. He pinged every device online, then mapped the location of the ones that responded [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:17:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzncucigwb0avhjm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106092479/hackers-present-threat-to-internet-of-things Hackers Present Threat to Internet of Things Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:40:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trzrjlzulcun20k3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hacker with a smartphone can unlock your front door [...] Criminals and intelligence agencies grab data from your home thermostat to plan robberies or track your movements. According to computer-security researchers, this is the troubling future of the Internet of Things, the term for an all-connected world where appliances like thermostats, health-tracking wristbands, smart cars and medical devices communicate with people and each other through the Internet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105801507/engineers-develop-no-power-wifi-connections Engineers Develop No-power WiFi Connections Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T19:35:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tsalm7ckwawrnux3.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to these devices. Called Wi-Fi backscatter, this technology is the first that can connect battery-free devices to Wi-Fi infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102730024/google-announces-new-forays-into-smart-homes-at-i-o Google announces new forays into smart homes at I/O Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/ujuk0q1yc5j2pb9z.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opening the Nest platform to outside developers will allow Google to move into the emerging market for connected, smart home devices. Experts expect that this so-called "Internet of Things" phenomenon will change the way people use technology in much the same way that smartphones have changed life since the introduction of Apple's iPhone seven years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78289196/when-smart-homes-get-hacked-i-haunted-a-complete-stranger-s-house-via-the-internet When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet Alexander Walter 2013-07-30T13:04:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:36:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt92p43p12ey8rdw.jpg" width="200" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,&rdquo; I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning. He and his wife were still in bed. Expressing surprise, he asked me to try to turn the master bedroom lights on and off. Sitting in my living room in San Francisco, I flipped the light switch with a click, and resisted the Poltergeist-like temptation to turn the television on as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>