Dear CTPC Members,
Trick or treat? That’s what we’ll try to answer next Tuesday, October 25th, at the United Congregational Church, 275 Richards Avenue, Norwalk at 6:30 pm.
Some things to discuss:
- The trick: Some websites are starting to block users who use ad-blocking software. The popular AdBlock+ has options to disable ad-blocking on a single page or on the entire site, but that doesn’t always work because of third party cookies. However there is a treat. We’ll show it to you.
- A treat: The next decade is likely to produce a paradigm shift like we’ve never seen before. Self-driving or driver-assisted cars will make traveling safer and more pleasant, robots will do many tedious tasks around the house, and we won’t have to think very much because computers will do that for us. The trick: Computers will eliminate humans from many kinds of jobs and will even rob us of some of the menial tasks we actually enjoy. My line of work, audio production, seemed immune from technological disruption until recently. But the handwriting is on the wall – routine news articles are already being written by computers and computerized voices are sounding pretty close to human (we’ll demonstrate that at the meeting.) Once the algorithms behind the voices are good enough to better interpret the words that the copy-writing computers write, there’ll be no need for humans to read the copy and no need for audio engineers to process and edit the audio.
- A treat: Next week, the Massachusetts Turnpike will no longer take cash, and New York is soon to follow. Great ... no more fumbling with change and no more dealing with sullen toll-takers. The trick: Massachusetts DOT says the data will be kept confidential and is not subject to public record. Now, THAT will be a trick!
- The trick: On October 21st, a Distributed Denial Of Service attack targeted Dyn, a large domain name server, and took down Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, The New York Times, Pinterest, PayPal and other major websites. The treat??
Any other tech tricks or treats come to mind? Please share them with the group.
We’ll adjourn to Uncle Joe’s for pizza and refreshments after the meeting. Hope to see you there.