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May 26, 2018

Author of the Frank Adversego Thriller Series

Interview starts at 11:14 and ends at 35:51

“Alexa’s pretty primitive. I think it’s very concerning from a cybersecurity point of view, because people have already learned how to spoof Alexa. Just a few days ago they came up with the equivalent of a dog whistle-type command that you couldn't hear, but Alexa could. Someone could turn it on and off.”


“An Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says” by Hamza Shaban at The Washington Post - May 24, 2018

“Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation” by Lily Hay Newman at Wired - May 24, 2018

“HBG, Amazon Partner on Narrative Content for Echo Device” by Calvin Reid at Publishers Weekly - May 22, 2018

“Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes” by Thu-Huong Ha at Quartz - May 13, 2018

Tech Tip

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Interview with Andrew Updegrove

The Frank Adversego Thrillers by Andrew Updegrove at

The Blockchain Affair (chapter by chapter, beginning with Prologue and Chapter 1)


Books on Artificial Intelligence recommended by Andy Updegrove:

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies 1st Edition by Nick Bostrom

Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence--and Where It’s Taking Us Next by Luke Dormehi

The Quest for Artificial Intelligence by Nils J. Nilsson

Podcast interviews with James and Deborah Fallows, authors of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America: Max Linsky of the Longform Podcast, Ezra Klein of The Ezra Klein Show, John Dickerson of the CBS This Morning Podcast, Sam Wang of the WooCast Politics & Polls podcast, and Chuck Todd of Meet the Press podcast.

Next Week’s Guest

Nick Wingfield, former tech reporter at The New York Times, currently senior editor at The Information


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