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Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com Earlier this week, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was ordered to pay a staggering $4,348,000.00 in order to resolve HIPAA violations from data breaches occurring in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The extremity of the penalties is explained by the fact that the data breaches were completely preventable. Generally, covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are required to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of…
From the inception of an initial pleading until the final word of closing arguments, attorneys constantly assess, reassess, and re-reassess the “value” of their case based on each new piece of information that is introduced. While the term “value” can have any number of meanings (i.e., final ownership of a patent, full custody of a child, the right to sell lemonade on the street without a permit), attorneys on both sides of a medical malpractice…
“A robot may not harm a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” Science fiction author Isaac Asimov penned this rule as the first of his Three Laws of Robotics in the 1940s.  While both the concept and actual potential of robots has vastly changed since Mr. Asimov’s time, the above law is essential to today’s growing range of artificially intelligent devices.  Thanks to extraordinary advances in science and…
In a not so distant past, people would look at me with expressions of concern as I attempted to verbally coerce my computer into not crashing as I submitted by term paper minutes before the deadline.  While talking to inanimate objects used to be a sign for concern, nowadays it is an everyday occurrence for much of the population.  A significant majority of our personal electronics are embedded with virtual assistant software: Google’s Google Assistant,…
Today’s technology behemoths are working hard on making your home smarter by utilizing and expanding the Internet of Things.  Homes of the future, after detecting when you wake up, will open the curtains in your home, start your coffee maker, and turn on the lights.  When your future home detects that you are walking up to your home after a long day of work, the front door will unlock, the air conditioner will turn on,…
Starting at a young age, we were all taught the importance of volunteering.  It is instilled in our minds that volunteering makes you a “good person.”  People today volunteer for a variety of different reasons, whether it is due to a deep belief in a specific cause, for some karmic credit, due to a court order resulting from an unfortunate event, or simply for a change of pace.  While these are all valid reasons to…
I can still vividly recall the tortured expression that appeared on my Starbucks barista’s face as I ordered the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino on the final day of its availability.  At first, I didn’t fully understand why he gave me that look.  However, after I was handed the pink and blue beverage following fifteen minutes of extraneously complicated magic behind the bar, I understood.  While I did sympathize with the barista as I sipped my mystical…
First of all, be still your beating heart.  Your favorite (or most hated) smartphone is not going anywhere…not yet anyway.  While the war rages on between fans of iOS and Android (or more specifically, Apple and Samsung), the beloved smartphones powered by those operating systems happen to share some of the same internal components, specifically key semiconductors.  These essential semiconductors are what manage cellular communication in a majority of mobile products.  Qualcomm, Inc. is credited,…
You can’t set a timer for the new arbitration clause Self-destructing images and videos, once thought to only be found in the Mission: Impossible universe, can easily be created and dispersed by individuals through the popular social networking app called Snapchat.  Owned by Snap, Inc., the app has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a project for a Stanford University class.  During its half-decade long existence, it has grown from a popular…
Imagine, if you will, a door.  Through that door is your computer, a device you sat in front of for most of the previous evening in order to finish up a project for work.  You are scheduled to make a big presentation on the project in a few hours.  As you walk to the computer, you faintly remember the mysterious e-mail you received last night from an address that used to belong to an old…