I decided recently to try my hand at creating an effective password creation strategy. I had heard about the XKCD method where you use 4 words, but I wanted to improve upon it. I started by compiling several wordlists of easy-to-visualize objects and created a 3-word method that adds both a capital letter, and a symbol. Because a capital letter and a symbol are commonly required for secure passwords- I felt it important to include these. I tested my new password method with a jQuery plugin called hsimp.js [how secure is my password] and found that my method was very secure! In comparison to XKCD is was often much more secure than simply putting four words together. The idea of using just 3 words and a symbol is similar to remembering a tiny sentence, and seems to be much more memorable. I added a few features for adding additional numbers, symbols, and words, and a ‘copy to clipboard‘ button to create a fully functional application. I incorporated the hsimp.js plugin so that users of the application can check the security of their newly created passwords on-the-fly. Open source code for my password-generator application is available on Github, and branch requests are welcome.
If we didn’t need input devices to connect to the internet our lives would be dramatically different.
Would that make us cyborgs? Would we have to worry about getting hacked? Could we just download knowledge instead of learning? Would schools become obsolete?
Imagine your computer screen display directly outputs to your optic nerves. In your peripheral vision you’d have your buddy lists, email, GPS navigation, google results. Imagine your computer audio outputs output directly to your auditory nerves- no more headphones. Imagine tasting sweets without getting fat. Imagine sampling fragrances from a website. Imagine not needing to use thumbs or fingers to type what you’re thinking. No more keyboards, mouses, touch-screens, or screens – at all! Imagine a fully-immersive digital layer that connects symbiotically directly to your neural network through the blood stream. – Like a device that connects to your body, and sends electronic signals through your blood back and forth to your brain at the speed of light.
Elon Musk thinks that the best defense against a hostile AI is to prepare ourselves with our own built in advanced computing powers and abilities. “Not all AI futures are benign.” “I’m especially concerned that AI could take a direction that would not be good for the future.”
Musk launched OpenAI to prevent such a future, but we can’t be sure that this will be enough to prevent a full scale AI take-over. Musk suggests that we must stay ahead of artificial intelligence or “be like a pet or like the house cat” for the AI singularity.
“You have the limbic system, the cortex and a digital layer above the cortex that could work well and symbiotically with you,”
“If somebody doesn’t do it than I think I should do it,”
Imagine if you could create a bot that would answer your emails, take your calls, and even talk to people in real-time chat. IBM’s Watson API has provided the ability to do just that. Take a look at this article where Fossbyte’s breaks down how to make an AI bot with only 50 lines of code. It uses IBM’s watson API to answer back to the chat. Take a closer look HERE. OR Review an even closer guide to the process HERE.
I just got an email back from Felix Turner @ Airtight Interactive, and I am pretty excited about it. He made this AMAZING loop waveform visualizer for music, and he gave me the OK to use it in an Android radio app for commercial use. Now… I just have to find enough free time off to build it!
Here are some web design tips that I have found helpful when using the twitter bootstrap framework to make websites responsive.
For the first time in human history Scientists have created a ‘circuit’ inside DNA. The process to making a DNA circuit is directly similar to creating a typical electronic circuit. They are slowly unlocking the potential of this bacterial programming language. What are the implications here? Is this the beginning of a new age in medical science? Will this be the beginning of a cyborg culture? Is this how the machines will finally take over?
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Malwarebytes is a great anti-malware software that I’ve grown to love, but I also use anti-virus and have several favorites for that. It’s confusing nowadays with all of the terms for bad software now: adware, malware, rootkit, virus, worm, trojan. It’s hard to know what’s what. Malwarebytes is always here to help us with that, and here’s their take on the difference between anti-virus and anti-malware.