The Future is Now

February 25th, 2012 5 Comments

It’s been a long week, and I’m just catching up on some reading.

These three items all feel like science fiction come to life, and they all fit into one of my favorite trends to follow, the internet of things.

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End (h/t TNW)

This sounds like a cool idea for the wearer, except for this part:

They will also have a unique navigation system. “The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click,” Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”

Ah technology. Sometimes I wonder if personal technology is a secret bet among companies to see just how dumb we’ll make ourselves look using it.

MIT professors have developed a microchip that delivers drugs remotely

This one gives me night terrors. Especially this nugget:

Langer continues, stating that “you could literally have a pharmacy on a chip. You can do remote control delivery, you can do pulsatile drug delivery, and you can deliver multiple drugs.”

Um, yikes. Imagine if someone accidentally fills your Zocor prescription with Zoloft. Oops, my bad. And hey, if pacemakers can be compromised, I’m sure the pharmacy on a chip could be too.

Still, it’s a pretty awesome bit of technology. Most of the scary ones are.

Ford sends out OpenXC beta, vehicle-aware apps should be just around the corner

Not as exciting as the other two, but it does open a scary door for remote attacks on connected vehicles. About a decade ago, I remember going off about cars and viruses as the great next attack vector. It was at some happy hour thing, and yeah, I sounded crazy. How you like me now?

Couple connected cars (now with apps!) with the Google driverless car project, and you’re looking at a very different drive to work in a few short years. Nevada recently outlined its plan for driverless cars; the more I think about this in terms of Las Vegas, the more sense it makes. Soon, Johnny Cabs will be shuttling people up and down the Strip, probably a good thing.

We live in crazy times.

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5 Responses to “The Future is Now”

  1. joel garry Says:

    Last year, I happened to be in Las Vegas while the hacker conventions were going on.  I saw the guy on the local tv news who had hacked the insulin pump.  He was saying he had tried to tell the vendor, but to no avail.  http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/insulin-pump-hack-garners-federal-attention-081911

    I like you.

  2. Jake Says:

    I’ve heard that song and dance about medical equipment a few times. The problem is that if the vendor acknowledges the problem (like the pacemaker/defibrillator one) minor panic ensues, picked up by the media and blown out of proportion. 

    There needs to be a better way to uncover and address these attack vectors without freaking out everyone. Plus, these companies need to get off their high horses; software has bugs.

    I like my disconnected Jeep :)

  3. John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises) Says:

    More things that can be hacked.

    Regarding how dumb we look, remember that it took all of us a while to get used to people walking around “talking to themselves” (i.e. using Bluetooth devices with their mobile phones). And I’m sure that people from the 1950s would shake their heads at the fact that we are unable to sit down while we watch “TV.”

  4. Jake Says:

    I, for one, have still not accepted the Bluetooth headset types as normal. Not sure what you mean about TV.

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