By: Matthew Jurgensmeier
Machine learning —a subset of artificial intelligence that teaches a machine to complete a task through iteration— provides significant possibilities for the future of production across many mediums, including video, music, and text. As these machine learning technologies evolve, they present opportunities for users to increase their efficiency and focus on less structured tasks. However, machine learning may also present problems on both a legal and a societal level.
By: Jacob Plovanic
Counterfeits, knockoffs, and plagiarism have long plagued Amazon’s Marketplace, the e-commerce giant’s online storefront. In the 20 years that the company has allowed third-party sellers to retail to Amazon customers alongside its own products, third-party sales have ballooned to $160 billion, accounting for 58% of all Marketplace sales in 2018, making the site a focal point for intellectual property piracy of all stripes – copyright, trademark, and patent. Continue reading
By: Ben Cashdollar
There are no two-ways about it: robocalls are the worst. At one time or another everyone has been waiting to receive an important phone call, felt the paroxysm of equal-parts excitement and anxiety accompanying their phone’s ringing, only for that emotive maelstrom to be compounded with frustration and annoyance when the caller is revealed to be a robot informing them of an “exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!” Unsatisfied by merely preying upon our emotions, robocallers prey upon our wallets as well – according to Consumers Union robocalls, and other such phone scams, result in more than $350 million in financial losses annually.
By: Treja Jones
Despite the fact that privacy is not a constitutionally guaranteed right, people can reasonably expect that when they are alone, they are not being watched, recorded, or studied . . . or at least, that was true at one point. In today’s technologically advanced society, it could very well be that no matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you’re never actually alone; you’re always being recorded, watched, or tracked in some way, shape or form. Advancements in technology, such as video surveillance, facial recognition, and the like, were created with intentions of simplifying both the process of criminal investigation and the routines of everyday life. But how far is too far? Are you ever actually alone? Do you ever actually have privacy?
By: Matthew Jurgensmeier
Pedometers have been around for hundreds of years. More advanced GPS-tracking devices are much newer, and have been gaining popularity over the last decade. The first real “smartwatch” that could pair with a user’s phone emerged around the year 2012 and the market has exploded since then. Now, smartwatches can be seen nearly everywhere. Smartwatches provide convenience and ease of use for activities that range from answering phone calls and paying with a credit card to tracking heart rate and activity level. However, when these devices blur the line between something designed for convenience and a medical device, consumers should be aware that they aren’t buying an FDA-approved medical device. While the information provided by these devices may be useful, the accuracy of the information is contested. Given the dubious readings from these devices and the lack of governmental oversight, it is unlikely that a mass-marketed medical device exists.