Edi­tor’s Note

Distinguished Magazine - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Warm greet­ings from Roche­ston! In our Oc­to­ber is­sue, we diver­sify into var­i­ous as­pects of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. We of­ten feel that be­ing too con­nected to the world could be more of a men­ace than bring us so­lace. how­ever, with stress lev­els on the rise, we re­view use­ful mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions that can help ease your anx­i­ety and make our lives a lit­tle more hap­pier.

In the last decade, there have been sev­eral tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions that have been in­vented to as­sist hu­mans to mak­ing their lives a lit­tle eas­ier, although ev­ery step-in this di­rec­tion poses a risk to in­di­vid­ual pri­vacy. We look at how ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ma­chine learn­ing, both of which rely com­pletely on data that is gath­ered and an­a­lyzed from dif­fer­ent sources could in­fact pose as threats to an in­di­vid­ual’s on­line pres­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, by 2029, com­put­ers are ex­pected to have hu­man in­tel­li­gence and rea­son­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, this can change our very ex­is­tence in un­fath­omable ways. We look at how In­ter­net-of-things, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, and cryp­tocur­ren­cies could re­shape the land­scape of life as we know it.

This year as we com­mem­o­rate 100 years af­ter the World War I ended, it is only be­fit­ting that with the ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, we see how the in­ter­net came into light as a mil­i­tary net­work, to fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­tec­tion of dig­i­tal data. How­ever, when the in­ter­net be­came pub­lic, just as in tra­di­tional war­fare, na­tions found that their dig­i­tal data was vul­ner­a­ble to cy­ber at­tacks and fo­cussed on se­cur­ing their dig­i­tal foot­prints. Owing to this, cor­po­rate gi­ants like Mi­cro­soft, Google and the likes call for a Cy­ber Peace Con­ven­tion for global pro­tec­tion of dig­i­tal data.

This is­sue also ex­am­ines Google’s am­bi­tious so­cial me­dia plat­form - Google+; how it was en­vi­sioned as the next big thing in so­cial me­dia even over­rid­ing Face­book. Un­for­tu­nately due to sev­eral tech­ni­cal glitches, the com­pany had to shut down.

All this a lot more to look for­ward to as Dis­tin­guished moves for­ward dig­ging deeper into the cy­ber­se­cu­rity do­main. We hope the pack­age of ideas, ar­ti­cles and im­ages will en­gage your read­ing ap­petite, and leave you crav­ing for more..

Re­gards

Sushma Rao Deputy Edi­tor, Fea­tures

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