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DDI Weekly Selection — August 27, 2018

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VR and AR games, distributed computing and increased capabilities

by Alexander Pavlov — 6 min read

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology has been stimulating the imaginations of gamers all over the world for several years: it’s incredibly exciting to immerse yourself in a new universe just sitting at home on the PC or your smartphone. The first developments in this industry emerged in the middle of the last century, when a pioneer of VR, Morton Heilig, introduced the first virtual simulator, “Sensorama”. Heilig believed his invention was the logical result of the evolution of art.

Is Satoshi Nakamoto Turning in his Virtual Grave?

by John Kenny — 5 min read

Way back in 2008, a mysterious figure (akin to a superhero to some of us), created a white paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. This lead to the creation of Bitcoin in 2009. His/her name was published as Satoshi Nakamoto, known to be an alias keeping their real identity a secret. Soon after Bitcoin’s creation, Nakamoto faded into obscurity sending their alias to an early ‘virtual’ grave.

Are Corporations Preparing for a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Takeover?

by John DeCleene — 5 min read

Despite the roots of Bitcoin being decentralized, Bitcoin has since divided into several core parts. This, in theory, may seem similar to a political system with branches that maintain checks and balances, however, beyond the surface, there is a visible consolidation of power with minority groups having more power than what the majority desires — this is prevalent all over the Bitcoin world.

Dr. Robot Will See You Now: AI, Blockchain Technology & the Future of Healthcare

by Audrey Nesbitt — 5 min read

Blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, two cutting-edge technologies, have the potential to change the face of healthcare as we know it by improving the quality and reducing costs through improved efficiencies.

Anatomy of a Phishing Scam

by David Koff — 7 min read

“Phishing” is the practice of fooling unsuspecting people into voluntarily giving away their most sensitive data — user names, passwords, social security number, birth dates, and more — by disguising their communication requests to look authentic. Given how easy it is to digitally copy a corporation’s official communication template, this problem is actually far worse than you could ever imagine. Hackers leverage the power of computers to automate sending phishing scams. Hundreds of millions of phishing emails are sent every day for pennies and only a small percent need to work for the system to be rewarded. And rewarded it has been.

Have You Ever Said the F-Word to Alexa?: Why People Abuse AI

by Gilhwan — 3 min read

Alexa introduced a new function called ‘Politeness Feature’ that provides a feedback for users especially for kids, who ask Alexa with the word please. When a user adds it after their commands, Alexa responds by saying “Thanks for asking me nicely”. Furthermore, when you say “Thank you, Alexa”, she gives answers like “No worries” or “You’re welcome”.