Archinect - News 2016-07-25T16:07:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T14:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k33rk0lxfws3horo.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Copycat attacks sprang up around the world: trains going haywire in Japan; smart thermostats freezing pipes in Minneapolis; Chinese hackers noodling around a water utility in San Francisco. Americans suddenly realized that, although they had spent plenty of time anguishing about how to protect the country&rsquo;s physical borders, with every device they bought, they had been letting more and more invaders into their cities, their homes, and their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"They had moved everything they did online, thinking they were moving into the future; they woke up the morning after thinking they&rsquo;d moved into a war zone instead."</em></p><p>This is a great work of speculative fiction that imagines a cyberattack that brings down New York City in the near-future. Self-driving cars smash into the roadside, hospital staff can't access their records, power plants go offline causing mass blackouts.</p><p>The article's subheading reads "A scenario that could happen based on what already has." And, indeed, most of the technology described is already in use.</p><p>The automation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/663743/self-driving-car" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cars</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/90971/smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homes</a>, and entire <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/65348/smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cities</a> means IRL hacks are a real threat. For more on this, check out Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar about the RAM House, a prototype dwelling equipped with "airplane mode."</p><p>For tips and tricks on how to shore up your cybersecurity, take a look at this handy <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149951908/getsafe-a-beginner-s-guide-to-cybersecurity-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beginner's&nbsp;guide</a>&nbsp;specifically tailored to architects. And for more content related to changing not...</p> 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/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T15:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dffd6dysmetg0voj.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Named Google Home, the device is a virtual agent that answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks. It is to be announced at Google&rsquo;s annual developers&rsquo; conference in Silicon Valley. [...] Questions are already arising about privacy, disclosures and the quality of the information being doled out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project will compete against Amazon's Echo.</p><p>For more on new forays into smart home technology, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124446819/amazon-s-new-dash-button-and-the-value-of-running-out-of-toilet-paper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's new Dash button and the value of running out of toilet paper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940377/radical-well-somewhat-but-mostly-technological-solutions-to-the-housing-crisis Radical (well somewhat but mostly technological) solutions to the housing crisis Nam Henderson 2016-04-13T00:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:12:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3dxiu0tetc7u4ofh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to think of technology-enabled furniture as a platform for integrating other technology because in a small apartment it is not practical to put in conventional systems...I don't believe in smart homes, I believe in dumb homes that you put smart things into. If smartness is embedded in the walls then your home becomes obsolete in five years time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Wakefield talks with folks behind various efforts to lower the cost of homes including; WikiHouse, CityHome and the Brazilian tiny apartment construction firm, Vitacon.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-05T15:32:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T20:06:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rgh9u8kl1tswtekg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I'm very interested in using voice and face recognition to set lights and temperature as well depending on who is in what rooms, etc," he writes. [...] The really interesting part of Zuckerberg's AI plan is when it moves past standard smart home controls and into his work. Describing the "simple AI" that he intends to build, Zuckerberg writes, "On the work side, it'll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively."</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read Mark Zuckerberg's entire Facebook post on his AI home-plan <a href="http://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102577175875681" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;Referring to already commercially available "smart home" technologies (such as temperature, entertainment, or security controls), Zuckerberg plans to build on existing products to make them more responsive with less input &ndash; to be able to recognize his presence vs. his wife's, for example, without either of them "announcing" themselves to the tech.</p><p>More heavy-hitting forays into the "smart home":</p><ul><li><a title="Don't get smart with me: reassessing the &quot;Internet of Things&quot; in the home" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134203297/don-t-get-smart-with-me-reassessing-the-internet-of-things-in-the-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't get smart with me: reassessing the "Internet of Things" in the home</a></li><li><a title="Google announces new forays into smart homes at I/O" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102730024/google-announces-new-forays-into-smart-homes-at-i-o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google announces new forays into smart homes at I/O</a></li><li><a title="Apple's HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote for your smart home" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote for your smart home</a></li><li><a title="Microsoft Announces A New Smart Home OS" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77773292/microsoft-announces-a-new-smart-home-os" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microsoft Announces A New Smart Home OS</a></li><li><a title="Openarch, smart home prototype" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38783947/openarch-smart-home-prototype" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Openarch, smart home prototype</a></li></ul> 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/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup Archinect 2014-08-15T12:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T12:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az089khkokx33ain.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Samsung is making a big push into being the center of the smart home today with its acquisition of SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets onto a single smartphone app and hardware hub.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Samsung is trying to catch up with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's upcoming HomeKit</a>.</p> 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/102575622/quirky-to-create-a-smart-home-products-company Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company Archinect 2014-06-23T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T20:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37377695fa5566cb2a5d29d6f7828a5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company will lead an ambitious effort, beginning next month, to accelerate the adoption of smart-home products. It is setting up a separate company, Wink, whose main technology is software intended to be the equivalent of an open operating system, helping to seamlessly connect all kinds of automated home devices.</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/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home Apple's HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote for your smart home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-02T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T19:56:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2c2df583519a6db69aab4eb81243ca4b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a feature called HomeKit that's coming in iOS 8, iPhones will be able to start controlling smart devices, such as garage door openers, lights, and security cameras. It'll all be controllable through Siri too [...] It's only a matter of time before major tech companies begin vying to be the thread that connects appliances and devices throughout your home, and this seems to be Apple's first step in the door.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/77773292/microsoft-announces-a-new-smart-home-os Microsoft Announces A New Smart Home OS Archinect 2013-07-23T20:47:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:22:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1i3baq1f6v29hnt.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Engineers from Microsoft have made a new operating system which could enhance the control of the smart home. The new software will become a platform for making apps for &ldquo;installation&rdquo; to flats and houses which are furnished with different electronics and household appliances.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This software is available at <a href="http://lab-of-things.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lab-of-things.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38783947/openarch-smart-home-prototype Openarch, smart home prototype Archinect 2012-02-20T20:46:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T19:26:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8g6dkrm5b0vy8x4y.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Openarch is a real prototype of a smart home. The first home designed from scratch to incorporate a digital layer connecting the house and its elements to the Internet. Its inhabitants lead a new digital and connected life. It is flexible and thanks to its ability to transform, it can adapt to any condition that the user requires.</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>