Technology

A courtyard concert in Milan.

Innovation and Disruptiveness

Among the jargons that have been thrown around the most in the tech industry counts disruptive innovation. It was coined by the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen in his book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, published more than 20 years ago in 1997. Despite its popularity and that some even have gone as far as to say it…

Admiring the magnificent Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Dis-disinformation Campaigns

You know how people say that a smart person learns from his own mistakes but a genius learns from those of others, the French have just demonstrated this in their latest election. In a report named Successfully Countering Russian Electoral Interference by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), steps and lessons are outlined…

Espresso for a relaxing afternoon in Rome, Italia.

Artificial Intelligence and Responsibility

Not to be mistaken for the name of the latest gadget, Google Shoots is the name of a video featuring Google Assistant being commanded to fire a handgun at an object of innocence. The choice of the virtual assistant device was arbitrary. It could well have been Amazon Echo or any others that accept voice…

Hello Hairy Coo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the Users

Of the latest trouble in tech is information privacy, which can be breached by means of a malware outbreak or by intent of often a commercial nature. Severe damage can be infected by either type of data breach, yet more devastating is often the later form, for it often comprises a breach in the trust of the users involved. The…

View of Geneva from Mont Salève, France.

Meltdown, Spectre and the Security Tradeoff

There is hardly a day goes by without news on cybersecurity flaws or malware outbreak. None so far, however, is quite like Meltdown and Spectre. First discovered by Project Zero at Google, they were reported to the affected hardware chip developers in as early back as in June, 2017. Both of them essentially take advantage of…

Savouring this magnificent view in Gent, Belgium.

Web Monitoring: Use Your Server to Monitor Any Web Page for Updates

This article will walk you through configuring your server to monitor any web page on the internet and receive email notification when the web page has been updated. Connecting to the Server with SSH First, let’s use SSH to connect to your remote server. See how to lease a server from a hosting server provider…

Gazing at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italia.

WannaCry and the Hardware Perspective

Infecting more than 250,000 computers, in 116 countries, was not an easy feat, and to have accomplished such in merely days, there we have the worst ransomware outbreak in history. Investigations were done and much was revealed. Like all ransomware, WannaCry’s goal was to extract ransom money from the infected by encrypting the computer data…

Trekking along the Church Green in Witney, England.

Free will, moral responsibility and quantum mechanics

One quirk of quantum mechanics is that, in the realm of elementary particles, things are probabilistic. Knowing that our mind and body are made of these elementary particles, perhaps this probabilistic nature of them provides a basis for free will and moral responsibility despite a deterministic world. Probabilistic may it be, if we claim ownership…

Looking out the Adriatic Sea in Ulcinj, Montenegro.

Computer with a Mind

The Chinese room argument by John Searle in 1980 suggested that, in contrast to the previously proposed Turing Test by Alan Turing in 1950, it is the ability to understand semantics, not the mastery of syntax, of a language that constitutes a mind. Human beings without doubt have the ability to understand semantics. By understanding…

Midnight sun on the Baltic Sea.

A Moral Machine

The Chinese board game of Go is a game of unprecedented complexity. Originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, the rules of the game are simple. Players take turns to place black or white stones on a board, trying to capture territory by surrounding empty space or the opponent’s stones which, once captured, can…

Meet Boris. He is watching me at work in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Aristotle and Technology

This isn’t much that connects Aristotle, one of the most influential ancient Greek philosophers, with technology of the modern age, except for a project at Google, that is named after the philosopher of old, and it was for a good reason. Perhaps more surprising is the sheer among of the graduates from elite STEM schools who…

Amsterdam at dawn.

Networking: Enable PPTP VPN on Your Server

This article will walk you through enabling PPTP VPN on your server to serve as a web proxy. Connecting to the Server with SSH First, let’s use SSH to connect to your remote server. See how to lease a server from a hosting server provider here if you do not yet have one. The default…