Goggle Plus now Google Minus

That’s the end, finished, kaput. GooglePlus has finally closed for good.

Originally Google+ was touted to become an all encompassing social network which would shake Facebook and become its serious competitor.

Instead it never got the wings to really take off and the death knell came by way of the enormous data scandals of recent days which not only hit Facebook and cost them billions in fines, but as we now learn, Google has not been free of data leakage and they assess that half a million users’ private details have leaked into unauthorized hands.

According to the Wall Street Journal Google has known about this since March but has kept quiet about it. An internal memo which the paper has obtained shows that Google feared the political consequences of a disclosure. The company said that the problem wasn’t big enough to publicise, and that the data which was leaked wasn’t serious enough  to make the breach public.

Last Monday Google nevertheless closed the whole GooglePlus setup.

A word or two about Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence = Not originating naturally, made by human skill in imitation of something natural.

To define Artificial Intelligence as the Oxford Dictionary has [above] may already be needing a rethink given the rate of knots at which we are broadening and redefining the concept.

But first things first, what do we know about AI? Well, we know that there are several types of AI and that they are the barriers that separate machines from us and indeed us from them.

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It never ends

Google MiningFollowing on from the Facebook disclosures one does wonder whom else might be cashing in on knowing what your internet activities, and much else besides, are, and whether such data is being misused.

Who would gain worthwhile advantage from that knowledge or would, or could, on-sell the data to 3rd parties?

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Managing your computer security

Cyber securityHere at Kapiti SeniorNet we spend quite a bit of time exhorting our members to be computer security minded for the very good reasons that failing to do that can be an expensive lesson. We even run a workshop on dealing with spam  showing you what can happen and how easy it is to be hoodwinked.

Computer security is a bit of a misnomer because computers can never be 100% secure. In 2016 alone cyber thieves stole US$81 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and data breaches were still rife even after several of the high profile cases such as SONY and Yahoo. In the latter case Yahoo was in the middle of being taken over by the telecoms company Verizon in a US$4.8 billion deal that was nearly derailed as a result.

Then there was the Russian hackers interference with the US elections, and closer to us the black market in computerized extortions.

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Is Technology shaping us and the future?

AIWe have talked quite a bit about Artificial Intelligence as well as technology in a broader sense [AI under the loup] and the inventions of the personal computer, the tablet and smartphone has certainly shaped our lives, and yes, Kapiti SeniorNet wouldn’t be around today to assist you without them.

When the economic revolution in the century from 1870 to 1970 took place, the speed of innovation was quite breath-taking, but since then has not in fact had the same pace or been as deep or wide. This in spite of the impact of our computing devices on our daily life and work.

I was reminded of this today when a son of mine moving abode was stressed over

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