Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

Jeffrey C. Peters, Stanford University A common fantasy for transportation enthusiasts and technology optimists is for self-driving cars and trucks to form the basis of a safe, streamlined, almost choreographed dance. In this dream, every vehicle – and cyclist and pedestrian – proceeds unimpeded on any route, as the rest of the traffic skillfully avoids…

Cloud, backup and storage devices: how best to protect your data

How much data do you still store only on your mobile, tablet or laptop? Shutterstock/Neirfy Adnene Guabtni, Data61 We are producing more data than ever before, with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes produced every day, according to computer giant IBM. That’s a staggering 2,500,000,000,000 gigabytes of data and it’s growing fast. We have never been…

Massive global ransomware attack highlights faults and the need to be better prepared

Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware Screen. Avast David Glance, University of Western Australia A massive malware attack was launched on Friday, affecting at least 75,000 computers in 99 countries. Computers running Microsoft Windows were infected with “WanaCrypt0r 2.0 or WannaCry” ransomware. Once infected, all of the files on the computer are encrypted by the malware, which…