Good morning everyone,
It’s time for the monthly May IT trends review! On the program: water in the desert, cryptomonnaie, vivatech, RGPD and face recognition glasses!
Top 1: Producing water in the desert? Really?
Thanks to new technologies everything becomes possible!
The idea – not quite recent either – came from the Spanish inventor Enrique Veiga. Indeed, this precursor registered the patent for his invention in 1995 and continued his developments to offer the first machine capable of producing water in the desert!
How does it work, you might ask? Well the machine extracts moisture from the atmosphere, then condenses the particles and finally eliminates all bacteria with UV light.
The result? Drinking water from renewable energy because cherry on the cake, it works with solar panels. It can produce up to 400 litres of water per day, regardless of weather conditions. Note that by 2025, 1/3 of the planet will suffer from water shortage, so this invention will not fail to make waves!
Top 2: The cryptomonnaie victim of cybercrime.
The virtual currency is victim of its success, the increase in the value of Bitcoin having exceeded 6 000 dollars in October, the market of ransomwares thus became a good vein for cybercriminals.
Since 2017, according to the Anti-Phishing working group, no less than 1.2 billion dollars of cryptomonnaie have been stolen. A significant figure which is explained by the increase in demand on the market, involving more and more transactions, and more and more important transactions. Result? Cryptomoney attracts much more attention from cybercriminals allowing them to extract more value during their attacks that were’about $40,000 until then.
Is there no way to secure this virtual currency?
Top 3: The key word at Vivatech in Paris: “Innovation”
The third edition of Vivatech, the world’s leading startup event, took place from 24 to 28 May 2018 “aux portes de Versailles” in Paris.
300 speakers, 9,000 start-ups, 125 nationalities and 100,500 visitors, an event that brings together people. The show is the time to discover the companies and products that will revolutionize tomorrow’s world.
Africa was honored during these 3 days, with 300 innovation centers in 54 countries, Africa has all the potential to become one of the next hubs of global innovation.
For the new generation it was also the opportunity to exchange with companies and why not find a job in perhaps one of the biggest companies of tomorrow.
Top 4: The DGMP in place since May 28, 2018.
We had already addressed the subject during the top IT of December, but this time we are there!
In the last few days, you have surely received a large flood of e-mails from companies informing you about their customer data management. As a reminder, the DGPS is a new European framework concerning the processing and circulation of personal data giving rise to legal harmonisation within the EU.
This obviously does not bode well for large companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, which are already the subject of complaints from around 12,000 Internet users for non-compliance with the DGMP. Will the GAFA bend to this new framework?
Case to follow….
Top 5: Facial recognition glasses for the police.
After the police in China, Amazon facial recognition glasses land in the US and England!
Amazon’s new technology would allow police to identify criminals simply by scanning the crowd. The glasses are connected to an internal database where the wanted individuals are listed.
The bezels proved their worth at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. However, the enthusiasm for the use of such technology by the police is not to everyone’s liking.
Indeed, the results are not always reliable, it happens that false positives are created. The population also fears that they will be used for harmful purposes, for example to monitor migrants, political opponents or simply citizens.
So is it a spy tool or just a police aid in arresting criminals?
And here we are, I know you wanted more but the TOP of the May news is over, we’ll see you soon for the June news!