This Cyber Monday, U.S. shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online -- $1.5 billion more than last year's total and an astounding $12 million per minute. Yes, that number is every single minute. Where there's money, there are hackers, scammers and thieves. The internet is more dangerous than ever, and data breaches and attacks are at an all-time high. Tap or click for 4 tips to protect yourself on the web.
In 2011, Apple unveiled its first iPhone with artificial intelligence, a personal assistant named Siri that could answer questions and help keep track of our daily lives. The AI revolution had begun, and it gave way to higher resolution cameras on phones, such as the then-new iPhone 4S, microphones and cameras in the home, everything from connected speakers, security devices, computers and even showers and sinks. By the end of the decade, we were carrying and or living with devices that are capable of tracking our every movement. Counties and states are selling our personal information to data brokers to resell it back to us, in the form of "people search engines." Facebook and Google have refined their tracking skills, in the pursuit of selling targeted advertising to marketers, that many people believe they are listening to us at all times.
What could be more exciting than seeing yourself starring alongside your favorite actor in a movie, music video, or TV program? Yes, that's possible--well, kind of, by using a new AI-based deepfake app that has gone viral in China over this weekend, climbing to the top of the free apps list in the Chinese iOS App Store in just three days. Dubbed ZAO, the app is yet another deepfake app for iPhone that lets you superimpose your face onto actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kit Harrington from "Game of Thrones," and many others in video clips from their popular movies and TV shows with just a selfie uploaded by you. Developed by Chinese developer MoMo, one of China's most popular dating apps, ZAO was released on Friday (August 30) and rapidly got downloaded millions of times with users being excited about the experience for the app's realistic face-swapping videos that last for as little as 8 seconds. ZAO Deepfake Face Swap App Sparks Privacy Outcry However, ZAO faced a sudden backlash from some users concerned about the potential misuse of deepfake technology.
For Wednesday's Day of Action in support of net neutrality, companies, activists and proponents of the policy have pounded the virtual pavement. Through various channels, supporters have encouraged the public to reach out to the Federal Communications Commission and their elected officials and urge them to protect net neutrality. On Twitter, the response to the Day Of Action has been similarly active. What kind of web do you want? My constituents are right: Gutting #NetNeutrality would end the internet as we know it.