Artificial Intelligence has become a part of our lifes. Almost everyone has a smartphone capable of running simple AI… Siri became a commodity. But the limitations are not easily dismissed… the current state of the art is far beyond what you might believe.
Self awareness is a no-go.. specially when we don’t even fully understand where consciousness emerges. Is it a side effect of the multi-dimensional neuron network?. Or is it something else?.
Well, luckily, i’m not the only one thinking about these questions. The European Union announced that they will invest 1200 million dollars over the next ten years, in order to build a model of the human brain.
The goal is to map every single network in our brain. And they won’t just stop there. The team responsible of this project intends to simulate a human body, connected to this brain.As a result, we will have… in a couple years, a baby-mind modeled. Who knows what will happen, or what we will learn?. Check out the video..!!
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As a brief sidenote, i’d like to point out that there is yet another brain simulation project, that has been going on for the past couple of years. I’m referring to the Blue Brain Project, which, the same as its european counterpart, intends to replicate the neural connections of an entire human brain.
Downside to that is… they don’t have the funding that the previous project has, so the EU counterpart is almost a safe bet.
If you wanna simulate a brain, you need raw power. A LOT!… and the only way to build the hardware, is with a mountain of money, literally speaking.
Ahhhhh… you need to mount a friend’s pendrive… or you have an external HD with a Windows partition, and you’ve just realized you need to add your Mac NTFS support?.
You came to the right place!. Yes, there are a couple paid options… like tuxera and paragon. Both of them are good options, but they cost a couple dollars. And… we just wanna read a couple files… we’re not gonna be living with NTFS the whole time, right?.
So, if that’s the same scenario you’re living with, let’s proceed with a free option!. Open up your browser, and open OSX Fuse’s website. You’ll need to hit the downloads tab, and install the DMG.
OSX Fuse is an extension platform… so we’ll need to install another component. Let’s open another browser tab, and let’s download NTFS 3G.
After you install NTFS 3G, you should be able to mount any NTFS partition…. at no cost.
Have you ever heard about keyloggers?. Just in case you haven’t… keyloggers are a super simple piece of technology. They are software applications that can be installed in almost every PC / Mac, and they simply save every keystroke.
They’re invisible to the user. So… they just know everything you type. Including passwords. Keyloggers generate a logfile, which can be (in some cases) sent via email to the guy who is spying on you… and in other cases, they just generate a textfile somewhere in the system… which will eventually be downloaded, and your whole security exposed.
So… long short story, keyloggers are a threat to your email account, homebanking, skype, facebook… everything you use online, can be super easily “hacked”. That includes Dropbox!.
I don’t know about you, but i store personal files in Dropbox, such as pictures, and documents… i just use it as an online backup “just in case”. If i got hacked, the idea of someone else skimming through my stuff… well, it’s pretty scary.
So, what can we do?
Let’s set up Two Step Authentication!
First things first. We’re gonna need to install Google Authenticator app. So, if you use an iOS device, get it here. If you’re an android user… (shame on you!)… get it here.
Head to dropbox.com, and login with your account.
Click in the top right corner, and find the ‘Settings’ link.
Click on the ‘Security’ tab. You should see the following:
See the ‘Two-step verification’ option?. Click on ‘Change!’
Follow the instructions, until you get the following barcode onscreen:
Well, at this point, you need to launch Google Authenticator App. Tap the ‘ + ‘ button, and tap the ‘Scan Barcode’ option. You’re gonna need to scan the QR code you’ve got onscreen.
If everything went fine, your Google Authenticator app should already have an entry with a 6 digit number matching your Dropbox Account.
Please, keep somewhere safe your 6 digit rescue code. That will save you, in case of emergency.
You’re all set!.
Next time you log into your Dropbox account, the system will ask you to enter the 6 digits given by Google Authenticator app. Why is it good? why you should use it?….
Remember when we spoke about keyloggers?. Well, imagine you’ve got a keylogger installed in your computer….. no one, even with your passwords, will be able to log into your account. Unless they ALSO have your phone.
It’s an extra security measure, which makes things even more complicated. You’re not unhackable. But at least no script kiddie will be able to simply hijack your system.
I’ve gotta say this. I’m a big fan of J.J.Abrams director. He managed to develop a fresh sci-fy style, which looks really attractive. If you compare science fictions movies from the past 10 years, with the latest Star Trek: Into Darkness movie… you’d be impressed.
What i like the most of the new movies is the way they’ve recreated the whole Trek technology. I’m not into hi tech visual effects… but the technology that’s shown into the movie could deceit even guys with PhD’s… the transporter looks super real!.
Luckily, although the movie is a couple months away, we got to check out the trailer… right now!!. It will be released on May 17th, and even the website is already up!.
By the way… J.J.Abrams is the father of Fringe. A sci-fi series that has been around for the past couple of years. If you have enough spare time i suggest you give it a shot.
And last but not least… if you’re into SciFy technology, i recommend you read Physics of the Impossible, written by Professor Michio Kaku.
In such book, he got to analyze every single Trek technology, and he gives an educated estimate of when the technology could potentially become a reality. For instance… the Warp Drive is estimated to show up in the next 100 years.
I don’t expect to live 100 years… but maybe, in my next incarnation, i’ll be able to jump into the Enterprise… why not???.
It’s been a while since the last iPhone jailbreak was made public. But all evil comes to an end, sooner rather than later. A couple days ago, a hacking group named evad3rs, published a brand new Jailbreak tool for iOS 6.x.
It’s claimed to be able to jailbreak any iOS device: iPod / iPad / iPhone / iPad Mini. I’ve tested it myself on two devices: iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. The results were impressive. They managed to combine at least 3 different exploits to make things work.
The process is quite seamless. You simply download the app, run it, and follow the instructions onscreen. The binary is available for OSX, Windows and even Linux.
You can download it here. What to do once the device is jailbroken?. You can perform an incredible amount of customizations, that are not available in the pristine version of iOS.
If, on the contrary, you’re still running an old version of iOS, we suggest you check out this site. They’ve got a nice repository of information with the previous jailbreaks that were made available… who doesn’t remember BlackRa1n, LimeRa1n… JailbreakMe or GreenPoison?.
Those were golden times, but Apple has spent a lot on hardening iOS security (no wonder why they’re now providing devices to the US Government, while RIM is directed right ahead to chapter eleven).
By the way.. we do not encourage the usage of hacked / cracked software. If you like an app, please, support the devs!.