NEWSLETTER: Facebook Tarnished By Shoddy Security & Robots In Construction

NEWSLETTER: Facebook Tarnished By Shoddy Security & Robots In Construction

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Facebook is not your friend. It is a surveillance engine.” ~ Richard Stallman,

EXPLOITATION OF 50 MILLION USERS DATA ON FACEBOOK VIA THIRD PARTY APPS

THE STORY

Facebook being investigated for divulging user data for US Presidential Election Game.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?

Cambridge Analytica, a privately held company that does data mining and data analysis for the electoral process was famously used by Donald Trump in his successful campaign for President back in 2016. It just came under new light when it was found to be using Facebook user data to form complex psychological profiles of voters in both  UK and US, for the sake of targeting them with political ads and manipulate their voting preferences.

In 2014, a guy called Dr. Aleksandr Kogan made a program in which he designed Personality quizzes & Personality Test Apps for people to have fun and as and when people download it. The app asks for their personal details like what city they lived in, at what time they use facebook and other platforms the most. Additionally, as users agree the app’s T&C, it allows Dr. Kogan to access user profiles along with their contacts. Like this he took millions of people’s Facebook data without their knowledge and sold it to Cambridge Analytica.

HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT YOUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION?

Have you ever read the terms & conditions mentioned by Facebook or any other social media platform before signing in? Have you ever gone through privacy policies set by these social networking sites? Do you ever think about with whom you’re sharing your personal information? The answer will be a big NO! People do talk about how their privacy is violated but they never step forward to do something about it.

Users should think twice before getting connected to any third-party app while using social media platforms. You should be well aware about every Term & Condition before you accept it. People knowingly provide their sensitive information, and then they complain that their precious privacy is breached. Therefore, if all this sounds bad to you, then it’s high time you check Facebook and see exactly what apps you’re sharing information with and delete ones you’d rather not be sharing anything with.

HOW CAN YOU BE SAFE?

Beginning with, you should be well aware about the policies and terms & conditions Facebook and other platforms requests you to know. It’s always a good idea to pay attention to what information you’re giving an app access to when you sign up. Check every month to what third party apps you’re connected with to make sure you’re still ok sharing that info with them. Do remember to delete the unwanted apps & links you get connected by anyway.


CONSTRUCTION BECOMES SAFER, FASTER & CHEAPER WITH ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

THE STORY

Former Google Engineer turns his dream into reality with Built Robotics to create autonomous construction vehicles.

HOW IT STARTED?

“The idea behind Built Robotics is to use automation technology make construction safer, faster and cheaper,” said Mr. Ready-Campbell, the former Google engineer in question while standing in a dirt lot where a small bulldozer moved mounds of earth without a human operator. The San Francisco startup is part of a new wave of automation technology that’s transforming the construction industry, which has lagged behind other sectors in technological innovation. The rise of construction robots comes as the building industry faces a severe labor shortage.

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 70 percent of construction firms are having trouble finding skilled workers. So, with the aim of having economic growth and the future of construction industry Built Robotics came into being. The rise of construction robots comes as the building industry faces a severe labor shortage.

IS IT A THREAT TO MANKIND?

Robots could replace almost 250,000 public sector workers over the next 15 years. According to a new report, with the aim of improving efficiency and saving billions of pounds this step has undertaken. It would be a huge risk for manpower as humans are considered as an asset to a society but with the time being this scenario will change, when robots and technology will replace humans. It can be a catalyst in any process but can’t take over manpower related tasks, since it can be awful invention sometimes.

In July 2015, Wanda Holbrook, a machinery operator at a car manufacturing company became a victim of working robots. According to the news reports, a robot worker allegedly dropped a trailer attachment onto her head, crushing her skull and eventually led to death.

Seeing such cases, in order to create an environment where humans and robots can work together, some disastrous events have taken place. Nevertheless, robot manufacturers should work upon it if they actually want to turn it into a viable asset in the future.

Mansi Vijay is a content writer with Systweak Software. Being a Mass Communication graduate, her knowledge is not restricted to only Content Writing. She loves to experiment with Software and holds interest in Graphic Designing as well. She enjoys little things in life & in her free time, loves to swing on the beats of music!

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