Telecom begs (buys?) government officials – say they need more towers to “meet public demand.”
Laws are enacted to speed the build-out of towers and antennas.
Our rights are diminished, we have less of a say.
Towers crop up and life moves on.
And the cycle begins once again ad fin-i-tum.
Consumption spirals upward, while the well-being of humans, wildlife, and our precious Earth spirals downward. Profits go up, while quality of life goes down. And many of us are left longing for a taste of the way our soul knows and wants things to be.
The current and aggressive push by the Telecom industry for wireless “small” cells is much like an ambitious start-up company that builds a huge warehouse hoping they will some day “grow into it”. 5g “small” cells are being put in place to “house” the hoped for massive explosion in wireless data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT). Once the infrastructure is established, the sky is the limit for what new gadgets and applications the private sector can dream up to fill the airwaves, collect our data, and dangle before a largely, tech-addicted and uninformed public.
From predictions of Artificial Intelligence surpassing and destroying humans, to health and environmental impacts worsening due to the huge increase in wireless radiation. From cyber attacks on the grid now inevitable, to the exponential increase in electronic waste as every discarded “thing” makes its way to the ranks of e-waste — The future looks bleak.
Can we forge a different path forward? Can we write a different story? I would like to believe so. But we will need to approach this from four angles simultaneously:
1. Educate the public about the true costs of 5g and the Internet of Things
The true costs of 5g, and its partner in crime, the IoT, include
Health, from the soup of harmful wireless radiation we will be immersed in 24/7, due to “small” cells, and all the Internet connected “things”, devices, appliances, sensors, machines, robots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence…and let’s not forget microchipped humans and animals.
Cyber Security, with estimates ranging from $6-11 trillion for the cost of trying to secure an ever changing, and impossible-to-secure IoT
Privacy, from every Internet connected “thing,” device, appliance, sensor, machine, robot, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and microchipped humans and animals, collecting boatloads of our personal data to be shared with marketers, government, and law enforcement
Energy consumption, where the footprint from energy needed to produce and run all these wireless IoT products and platforms, will likely exceed the hoped for, and hyped about, energy saving technologies the IoT promises
E-waste, much of which is sent to the far East or Africa where it pollutes the air, water, and ground of remote villages, and where workers earn a dismal day’s pay by dismantling our toxic e-waste largely with the use of crude tools or by hand
Conflict minerals, which are used in nearly all our technology, and in the last 20 years, have contributed to the death of 5-6 million men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo
There is a three-word phrase from the Hebrew Grace after meals that religious Jews recite after eating a full meal: “V’achalta, v’savata, ou v’rachta,” which roughly translates as “And you shall eat, and you shall be satiated, and you shall bless.” We must reawaken and cultivate in ourselves the notion of sweet satiation – the place of just enough – not one ounce too much, nor one iota too little…but perfectly enough. Then as we go about our days “consuming” food, experiences, relationships, and all that life has to offer, we may feel less of an urge to take more than we need.
3. Redefine “progress”
As we settle into the sweet point of satiation, our notion of progress can then gently find its way from more, faster, bigger and new, to kinder, more abiding, deeper, and more fulfilling.
4. Know there are safer and more wholesome alternatives
We can envision a better tomorrow than what industry is presenting today. Fiber is faster, safer, consumes at least 25 times less energy, and is far more cyber secure than wireless. If we shift to using fiber for the vast majority of our Internet and Telecommunications needs – thus relegating cellphones to short, on-the-go communications, and emergency response where needed – we will be removing or lessening the impacts of almost all the downsides of 5g and the IoT. By so doing, we not only protect ourselves, our families, and our environment, but we will get the added benefit of becoming reacquainted with ourselves, others, and the present moment.
If we stay the course and demand safe technology, industry and government will have no choice but to deliver. And we will once again reclaim our treasured and sacred inheritance of true connection and Presence.
Bad news, but no surprise: S 19, the Mobile Now Act and S 88, the DIGIT Act both passed out of committee. S 19 passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent on Aug. 2nd, 2017. S 88 Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote on Aug. 3rd, 2017. These bills will now move on to the House for “consideration”.
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Must-See Documentary Reveals Dangers of Smart Meters Aug. 5, 2017, Dr. Mercola | Mercola
Dr. Mercola on EMR, smart meters, and the new InPower movement being launched this fall to protect our rights, our children, and our Earth. (See entry above)
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MICROCHIPPING, CYBORGIFICATION, AND OTHER ETHICAL DILEMMAS OF THE IOT
Teaching Robots Right from Wrong June/July, 2017, Simon Parkin | The Economist
Discussion about making robots that know – or are able to learn – right from wrong.
“The robots may come, but the cyborgs are already in the office” Aug. 8th, 2017, Mark Coeckelbergh | Gastkommentar
“Increasing automation may imply not only replacement but also new couplings between humans and machines. New cyborgs. ‘New’, since this is already the way many of us work today. In factories, but also in the office: we collaborate with computer programs to do our work. New algorithms will be developed that change these collaborations, without replacing the human. This creates chances to do new things, perhaps also new creative things. But there is also the danger that this increased cyborg-style automation leads to new ways of working that have even less regard for human needs and well-being, and that further exploit us for profit.” https://science.apa.at/dossier/The_robots_may_come_but_the_cyborgs_are_already_in_the_office/SCI_20170803_SCI75934351236981372
Embedded chip on your shoulder? Some privacy and security considerations Aug. 1, 2017, Joseph Jerome |IAPP
“Our cyborg future has been viewed by some as inevitable; Elon Musk has argued the merging of machine and biological matter is essential for humanity to remain relevant as a species.”
“’Cyborgification’ raises a host of ethical questions, but employer-driven ‘chipping’ poses at least three immediate challenges.”
Microchipping goes mainstream: Wisconsin company announces plan to chip employees July 29, 2017 by: Isabelle Z. | Natural News
“The next time your boss asks you to do something you’d rather not, just remember that it could always be worse: you could be working for Three Square Market.
The Wisconsin firm, which designs software that is used in office complex break room markets, has found itself in the spotlight after announcing its intention to be the first American firm to offer its workers microchip implants.”
“It’s hard to say for sure how this could affect a person’s health as there are no long-term studies. However, these microchips are very similar to those used to keep track of pets, which is pretty alarming given their track record. Some owners have reported that their dogs and cats experienced weakness in all of their limbs because the chips were not placed precisely.
The ‘Iphone’ Of Robots Could Bring Capitalism As We Know It To An End July 27Th, Matthew Hart | Nerdist
“Although it seems as if there’s a monstrous mishmash of robots already at our doorstep—sometimes literally, in the case of the Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot—it’s likely that all these robots are, in the grand scheme of the evolution of AI, gimmicky. They’re narrow AI: capable of a specific task, within specific parameters. But the hypothetical iPhone of robots will be generally intelligent. It’ll be able to make your breakfast in the morning, play catch with you in the afternoon, and go off to its factory job at night.”
How Do Humans Respond To Perfect Robots? Aug. 5th, 2017, Adi Gaskell | Huffington Post
“Our results showed that the participants liked the faulty robot significantly more than the flawless one.”
“The findings provide a further reminder that as robots are being designed with social interaction in mind, it might be worthwhile ensuring that they retain the kind of imperfections we humans have rather than designing them out. By embracing the flaws in social robot technology, it might help make robots more believable, likeable and natural, and therefore increase the speed of acceptance within society.”
Intelligent robots must be trusted by humans – Advances in machine learning make agents harder to control Aug. 4th, 2017 | The Financial Times
“But AI programmes, driven by the developing field of machine learning are now capable of behaviour that is not only surprising, but unsettling. Two examples emerged this week of unplanned consequences from letting AI robots learn for themselves. One was in China, where two automated chatbots were removed from popular online messaging apps after….”
Please Prove You’re Not a Robot July 15th, Tim Wu | NY Times, Sun. Review, Opinion
“To be sure, today’s impersonation-bots are different from the robots imagined in science fiction: They aren’t sentient, don’t carry weapons and don’t have physical bodies. Instead, fake humans just have whatever is necessary to make them seem human enough to ‘pass’: a name, perhaps a virtual appearance, a credit-card number and, if necessary, a profession, birthday and home address. They are brought to life by programs or scripts that give one person the power to imitate thousands.”
Seems like we’ll all be robots sooner or later Aug. 3rd, 2017, Paul Sassone | Chicago Tribune
“Until now, robots, automated devices, required a human agency. Someone has to turn them on, direct what they do. They were instruments of humans. But by implanting microchips into humans, no instrumentality is required. Humans have become the instrument itself…. It seems that we now are approaching robotization from two directions – automation and a kind of microchipped human evolution.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-ppn-column-sassone-tl-0810-20170802-story.html
Legal robots deployed in China to help decide thousands of cases Aug. 4th, 2017, Neil Connor| The Telegraph
“’Legal robots’ have been deployed on thousands of cases in China to help decide sentencing. The robots – which are about three feet tall and have heads shaped like toasters – review documents and identify problems with cases. They also advise on sentencing, and can generate arrest warrants and ‘approve indictments,’ said prosecutors in the eastern province of Jiangsu, where the robots are being piloted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/04/legal-robots-deployed-china-help-decide-thousands-cases/
Chinese chatbots apparently re-educated after political faux pas Aug. 4th, 2017, Pei Li and Adam Jourdan | Reuters
“A pair of ‘chatbots’ in China have been taken offline after appearing to stray off-script. In response to users’ questions, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said it wasn’t a huge fan of the Chinese Communist Party.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-robots-idUSKBN1AK0G1
The ‘suicidal robot’ that drowned in a fountain didn’t kill itself after all – Technical error as algorithm fails to detect uneven surface July 29th, 2017, Fiona Keating | Independent
“A technical error led to the K5 robot’s demise when an algorithm did not detect the uneven surface, leading to Steve tumbling into the fountain and drowning.”
Apparently, this was not the robot, K5’s first blooper. The article explains:
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? More comfortable online than out partying – post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
Jean M. Twenge, Aug. 3, 2017 | The Atlantic
“That’s just the way her generation is, she said. ‘We didn’t have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people.’”
Who needs friends when robots are this sociable? They only want your love (and occasionally some anonymized metadata) July 28th, 2017, Andrew Tarantola | Engadget
“We don’t mourn the loss of toasters or coffeemakers beyond the inconvenience of their absence, so why should a gangly robotic hexapod generate any more consternation than a freshly squashed bug? It comes down, in part, to the mind’s habit of anthropomorphizing inanimate objects. And it’s this mental quirk that could be exactly what humanity needs to climb out of the uncanny valley and begin making emotional connections with the robots around us.”
“’Some people are nervous about the fact that we’re giving robots to old people because they think that we’re replacing human care with technology,’ Darling told Engadget. ‘I’m not concerned in this case because I think that here, clearly, the robot is an animal therapy replacement and it works really, really well. It gives people that sense of nurturing something that they don’t normally get to have because their life has been reduced to being cared for by others.’”
Commentary: There is an old Chasidic tale about a man imprisoned for 40 years who was given the task of spinning yarn. He found comfort and meaning in his life knowing that his time in prison was not useless as by spinning yarn, he was contributing to others in some way. At the end of his 40-year sentence, he was informed that the yarn he had spun all those years, was not connected to anything beyond his prison cell. And he realized that his “gift to others” had only been a figment of his imagination. Is it not a similar form of deception to have our elders feel they are connecting with real beings when in fact, it’s only a delusion, and they are throwing their hearts, memories, and love away to a machine? https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/29/who-needs-friends-when-robots-are-this-sociable/
‘Like a friend’: Robots giving young cancer patients much-needed support July 31, 2017, Lydia Feng | SBS
“Ikki is a highly intelligent social robot that has helped take Chelsea’s mind off her medical challenges. The small, penguin-shaped device sings, reads and plays games with her. It can even speak in its own language when she says hello.”
Impact of radiofrequency radiation on DNA damage and antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations June 30th, 2017, Zothansiama, Mary Zosangzuali, Miriam Lalramdinpuii & Ganesh Chandra Jagetia
“Radiofrequency radiations (RFRs) emitted by mobile phone base stations have raised concerns on its adverse impact on humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations. Therefore, the present study was envisaged to evaluate the effect of RFR on the DNA damage and antioxidant status in cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) of individuals residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations and comparing it with healthy controls.”
“The Firefighters Wake Up Call To Us All” By Susan Foster RE: SB 649 Opposing Cell Towers In Rights Of Way – The Firefighter’s Wake Up Call to Us All Susan Foster | Environmental Health Trust
“The next few days may signal a policy shift tipping point from which there is no return, and firefighters – forever on the front lines when it comes to health and safety – have a message for all of us through their proactive stance. The firefighters fought for an exemption to towers on their stations because years of living with cell towers has taught them lessons we should all heed.”
“The internet information platform EMF-Portal of the RWTH Aachen University summarizes systematically scientific research data on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). All information is made available in both English and German. The core of the EMF-Portal is an extensive literature database with an inventory of 24,993 publications and 5,966 summaries of individual scientific studies on the effects of electromagnetic fields.”
This is an excellent resource for up-to-date literature and database on the health effects of Electromagnetic Radiation. https://www.emf-portal.org/en
Five Predictions as Cities Learn to Address Wireless Health Risks July 26, 2017, Lance McKee | Directions Magazine
“With the emergence of the Internet of Things, smart cities, and intelligent transportation, we face a very steep increase in coming years, particularly with the build-out of small cell networks providing ‘Wi-Fi everywhere.’”
“Around the world, a growing number of governments, associations and other institutions are implementing policies to reduce electromagnetic radiation health risks from cellphones and other wireless devices…. What will smart cities do?” https://www.directionsmag.com/article/1065
5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making Aug. 5th, Catherine Frompovich/Jerry Flynn
Catherine Frompovich submitted for publication (with permission) Jerry Flynn’s recent article on 5g.
Title of original article:
“5G” Wireless Technology Should be Banned! Wireless Radiation Violates Human Rights and the Nuremburg [sic] Code of Ethics!
“Fifth Generation (‘5G’) technology, if implemented nationally, would further irradiate the entire population of Canada – without their knowledge, comprehension of what is being done to them, or their consent! This would be yet another, even more serious violation of the Nuremburg [sic] Code and the most heinous crime imaginable! While the current and all three previous generations of microwave technology also violate the Nuremburg [sic] Code, informed people fear that ‘5G’ would prove to be mankind’s Armageddon – – – of Industry’s own selfish creation!” http://www.activistpost.com/2017/08/5g-international-health-crisis.html
IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE
Tree damage caused by mobile phone base stations – An observation guide March 2017, Helmut Breunig | KompetenzInitiative
Photos and RF measurements by Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam Additional photos by Alfonso Balmori, Helmut Breunig, Örjan Hallberg, Volker Schorpp and Monika Schuberth-Brehm
“In the setting of exposure limits for mobile phone base stations, RF radiation effects on plants have not been considered. In view of the explosive proliferation of the diverse wireless communication technologies across the entire environment and almost all areas of life, this represents an uncovered risk. This is why available studies and documentations on how RF radiation affects and damages trees engage our particular attention. They contain important evidence that justifies the urgent call for further thorough investigations. No research, however, has been initiated by the established science community and official radiation protection agencies to date.” http://kompetenzinitiative.net/KIT/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017_Observation_Guide_ENG_FINAL_RED.pdf
Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations Aug. 2016, Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam, Alfonso Balmori-de la Puente, Helmut Breunig, Alfonso Balmori | Research Gate
“Trees have several advantages over animals as experimental subjects and the aim of this study was to verify whether there is a connection between unusual (generally unilateral) tree damage and radiofrequency exposure. To achieve this, a detailed long-term (2006-2015) field monitoring study was performed in the cities of Bamberg and Hallstadt (Germany)…. Statistical analysis demonstrated that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone masts is harmful for trees. These results are consistent with the fact that damage afflicted on trees by mobile phone towers usually start on one side, extending to the whole tree over time.” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306435017_Radiofrequency_radiation_injures_trees_around_mobile_phone_base_stations
Plant Responses to High Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Review article Jan. 2016, Alain Vian, Eric Davies, Michel Gendraud, and Pierre Bonnet | BioMed Research International
“High frequency nonionizing electromagnetic fields (HF-EMF) that are increasingly present in the environment constitute a genuine environmental stimulus able to evoke specific responses in plants that share many similarities with those observed after a stressful treatment…. While the long-term impact of these metabolic changes remains largely unknown, we propose to consider nonionizing HF-EMF radiation as a non-injurious, genuine environmental factor that readily evokes changes in plant metabolism.” https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2016/1830262/
NEWS ABOUT 5G
(Please note, some of these articles are industry generated but are included so we can keep tabs on what’s flying.)
Apple has permission to test 5G-internet for future iPhones July 27th, 2017, Chaim Gartenberg | The Verge
5G Progressing Faster Than Expected Aug. 1st, Jof Enriquez | RF GlobalNet
“”Our original expectation was that 5G would only really take off in the 2020 to 2021 time period, that is now changing, as we see some lead customers in both the United States and China preparing to move earlier, and that should drive others to respond,’ said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia, in a Seeking Alpha transcript of the company’s second quarter earnings call.”
Forget 5G: Verizon just tested an absurdly fast 4G connection that works right now August 3rd, 2017, Chris Mills
“The test was the first time that a carrier has tried aggregating licensed cell spectrum — the airwaves your sweet LTE already comes over — with unlicensed spectrum that anyone can already use (in this case, the same spectrum that’s used for your home Wi-Fi network).”
“Hopefully, the technology from this test can be rolled out to cell stations nationwide this year or early next. Unlike 5G, there isn’t much that needs to be worked out or certified in terms of equipment.”
5G Needs Mmwave Regs—Pronto Designs waiting for key channel decisions Aug. 3rd, 2017, Rick Merritt | EE Times
Regulators need to deliver guidance as soon as possible for millimeter wave services in 5G cellular networks, said one of the many engineers with designs waiting for the details. His call comes as carriers in the U.S. and South Korea are gearing up to deliver the broadband wireless services for mobile and home workers.
Batteries and Portable Power – Batteries Must be Eliminated from EVs and IoT Devices Aug. 4th, 2017 | PowerPulse.net
“A new report titled, ‘Battery Elimination in Electronics and Electrical Engineering 2018-2028; Technology and prospects for ‘perpetual’ devices and equipment,’ explains why we need to do this and why even partial success promises major benefits to society and new business opportunities.”
House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars July 27th, 2017, David Shepardson | Reuters
“An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.
Surveillance State: Tiny Robots “Watching” You Aug. 2nd, Louis Basenese | Daily Reckoning
“The push to miniaturize electronics will drastically shake up the world in the near future. And ‘smart dust’ will be at the very epicenter of this trend. In short, smart dust is a system of tiny sensors, robots or other devices that are as small as a grain of sand.”
“They’re [smart dust particles] made up of tiny processors running a skeleton operating system. The sensors can detect everything around them — light, temperature, vibrations, pressure, magnetism, chemical composition, humidity, location and acceleration. The list goes on.”
Monetization Tops All IoT Challenges Aug. 2nd, 2017, Chuck Martin | MediaPost
“While plenty of challenges surround the Internet of Things, there’s one that tops the list, even over security. The most immediate challenge is quantifying the return on investment or defining a clear use, based on a new study.”
Looncup tracks menstruation and sends vaginal updates to your phone Oct. 8th, 2015, Dan Howarth | Dezeen
“The ‘world’s first smart menstruation cup’ links with a phone app to provide women with information about their periods (+ movie).”
“Looncup wirelessly connects to a smartphone app to notify the user how close to its 25-millilitre capacity it is, as well as track the periodic cycle and give feedback about health. Updates can also be displayed on an Apple Watch.”
Smart thermostats are tough sell, but ComEd hopes rebates boost interest July 25th, 2017, Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune“
In the age-old battle over who controls the temperature setting, smart thermostats would seem an intelligent alternative: Let the internet-connected device make automatic adjustments and pocket some savings in the process.
But at $250 per unit for leading models, most consumers aren’t buying it, with smart thermostat adoption rates languishing at about 1 in 10 households nationwide.”
Graphene made out of wood could help solve the e-waste problem Aug. 2nd, 2017, Luke Dormehl |Digital Trends
“When you think about electrical superconductors, the first material that comes to mind probably isn’t wood. That could soon change, however, thanks to the pioneering work of scientists at Rice University, who have successfully made wood into an electrical conductor by transforming its surface into all-around wonder material graphene.”
“Specifically, they are hoping to harness the conductive properties of the pine laser-induced graphene to create supercapacitors for energy storage. With the massive amount of electronic waste that is produced every year, the idea of biodegradable, eco-friendly wooden electronics carries obvious benefits.” https://www.yahoo.com/tech/graphene-made-wood-could-help-191337225.html
CONFLICT MINERALS – IMPACTS ON HUMANS AND GRAUER GORILLAS
Conflict Minerals: The Dark Side of the Digital Age Electronics Boom June 25th, 2017, Levi Maxey | The Cipher Brief
“According to the United Nations Environment Programme, criminals in the eastern part of the DRC reap some $1 billion in profits annually through the off-the-books trade of minerals, timber, charcoal, and wildlife products such as ivory. What’s more, an estimated 98 percent of the profit from these illicit dealings is believed to wind up in the hands of transnational organized criminal and terror networks, leaving only 2 percent with indigenous armed groups.
“You know what? The markets, the structure of pricing is not there,” he says. “These people (meter proponents) want to push all this stuff–I call them behavior-modification specialists––forcing things on consumers that don’t come naturally. You can’t get consumers to fully embrace this unless you give them economic pain, which I won’t do.” Rhode Island Commissioner Paul J. Roberti Interview – https://nomasssmartmeters.wordpress.com/tag/rhode-is-smart-meters/
The following is an ad for smart meter installer training courses in Scotland – This seems to settle the “life span” debate once and for all:
The UK may need to replace 20 million smart meters July 27th, 2017 | Published in Smart Energy
“The fact that 20 million smart meters may need to be replaced may sound bizarre, especially given the fact that so far only around eight million have been installed as part of the GB Smart Metering deployment, but unfortunately it looks as if it could be true. It’s yet another indication of the scale of mismanagement within this programme, which reminds you of a line from Steve Aylett’s ‘Bigot Hall’ – ‘Ignorance runs like a well-drilled army.’” http://www.nickhunn.com/the-uk-may-need-to-replace-20-million-smart-meters/
Six Reasons to Say No to a Smart Meter August 2nd, 2017 | The Telegraph
“The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading.
When they were introduced in 2009, smart meters were supposed to simplify the billing process and ensure readings were up to date and accurate. But the rollout has been plagued with problems – as explained below.
Now, according to research conducted by comparethemarket.com, one in five people do not want one.”
FOX43 Finds Out: is a doctor’s note enough to say no to a smart meter? Aug. 2nd, 2017, BY Jackie de Tore
“Shepherd told her electric company, Met-Ed, that she had a medical issue and didn’t want a smart meter.
She sent over a letter from her doctor that recommends she not get a smart meter because of her injury.”
“Met-Rd confirmed officials were in contact with Shepherd over the issue and told FOX43 that ‘a medical letter does not exclude customers from the installation of a smart meter.’ The electric company eventually came in June and installed the meter.”
“The PUC tells us they have no jurisdiction to decide if a person can get a smart meter or not, since Pennsylvania law states the smart meter program must be rolled out by 2023.
If you believe a smart meter is causing you to have a health issue, you can file a formal complaint.”
Smart meters? Not these! Shabbat fears over water – New smart meters being rolled out across the country could technically lead to a breach of Shabbat. Aug. 3rd, Simon Rocker | The JC
“Representatives of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations have met officials from a leading water company to discuss fears that new smart meters could lead to a breach of Shabbat.
An electrical expert has been brought in to determine whether new meters being installed in London by Thames Water contravene Jewish law, following concerns raised by members of the community over the past three months.”
World’s Leading Hackers Explain Why You Don’t Want Huge Tech Companies Controlling Everything in Your House – The internet of things is a way to extract wealth from your every day life. Aug. 2nd, 2017, Lulu Friesdat | Alternet
Congress to smart device makers: Your security sucks – Four senators propose the “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act,” calling for minimum security standards for connected devices. Alfred Ng, Aug. 2nd, 2017 | CNET
“Congress wants to fix the notorious security problems associated with the internet-of-things — at least for themselves. On Tuesday, Sens. Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden and Steve Daines introduced the “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act,” (PDF) a bill that would force tech companies to ramp up security if they want to sell connected devices to the federal government.”
Yes, your life-saving medical devices can be hacked Aug. 3rd, 2017, Dan Tynan | Parallax
“When an Internet-connected device is implanted in your body to help you maintain your heart rate or regulate the insulin in your bloodstream, bad security can quite literally be hazardous to your health. At the 25th DefCon conference here last weekend, security researchers took on a new challenge: uncovering flaws in dozens of biomedical devices, from pacemakers and insulin pumps to glucose monitors and digital intravenous drips.” https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/08/03/defcon-medical-devices-hacked/
Opposition unite in call for immediate review of HSE computer systems Aug. 3, 2017 | Breaking News, IRELAND
“Opposition parties have called for a “full review” of the HSE’s computer systems after it emerged a dangerous flaw means up to 25,000 scans and x-rays for people with serious heart, cancer and other conditions may be inaccurate, reports Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Political Correspondent.”
IoT security for healthcare is in critical condition – Medical devices lack many features and capabilities that help protect other network-attached devices from attack Aug. 3rd, 2017, Jon Gold, Senior Writer | Network World
Securing industrial IoT: A trillion-dollar dilemma Aug. 3rd, 2017, Neil Hamilton | IoT Agenda
“Businesses should be very concerned with industrial IoT security. Cybercrime is on the rise and could cost businesses upwards of $6 trillion annually by 2021, according to research firm Cybersecurity Ventures.”
Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder July 24th, 2017, Rhett Jones | Gizmodo
“The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.”
While you’re watching Disney’s films at the cinema, Disney can now watch you July 26th, Ashley Rodriguez | QUARTZ
“Disney can now track your laughter, smiles, gasps, and frowns inside those darkened cinemas. The media conglomerate’s research arm is using machine learning to assess the audience’s reactions to films based on their facial expressions, it wrote in a new research paper (pdf). It uses something called factorized variational auto-encoders, or FVAEs, to predict how a viewer will react to the rest of a film after tracking their facial expressions for a few minutes.” https://qz.com/1039102/disney-can-now-use-infrared-cameras-to-track-your-reactions-to-films-in-darkened-cinemas/