Cute robots, smart underwear, and facial recognition in church: Have we gone too far?

By Khalida Sarwari In the near future, robots might be able to manipulate our emotions, everyone will be rated on everything, and we won’t be able to trust our own eyes, Woodrow Hartzog said. “I promise I will end on a positive note,” the Northeastern professor said Thursday, eliciting chuckles from a roomful of people gathered at the university’s Charlotte campus to hear him discuss online privacy. Hartzog, who specializes in privacy, data protection, robotics, and automated Read More …

Data security expert calls for stronger cybersecurity laws

By Khalida Sarwari As we become an increasingly digitally connected world, the loss of privacy and security are almost inevitable. But if we don’t adopt stronger data security laws, said Northeastern professor Woodrow Hartzog, we might be left with a digital landscape that could be marred by chaos and deregulation. The extent of the risk came blaring through with Marriott’s disclosure last month that hackers had exposed the personal information of up to 500 million customers. No sooner Read More …

Antarctica is no longer the cool place it used to be for its cold-adapted fish. So what changed?

By Khalida Sarwari It’s what drives every scientific expedition. Without it, Lewis and Clark would not have ventured out west and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would never have stepped foot onto the Saturn V rocket that launched them into space. It’s a burning curiosity, a nagging itch to discover what lies just beyond the horizon. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a name for it: “the lust of the mind.” It’s the same reflex that Read More …