SpyPi

Thu 19Apr2018
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Sarah Mühlemann

From 12.00 until 13.00

At CNB/F/110 (Lunch) + CNB/F/100.9 (Seminar), ETH Zurich

Universitätstrasse 6, 8092 Zurich

Abstract

Over the past years technology has become an essential part of our daily life. Be it free time, work, research or education - with the help of technology we’re able to set foot on yet unknown terrain, save resources and be more productive. We’re assumingly about to face even more fundamental changes considering the rapid progress major fields of computer science such as AI. All this offers a huge chance for humanity to tackle long-standing problems or even to create conditions for lasting peace and equality. But due to the dual-use nature and the growing complexity of technological innovations, we’re also confronted with serious risks and problems. The general public increasingly is and coming generations will be confronted with questions and issues in connection with the described progress. Thus, it’s necessary to inform people about both the risks as well as the benefits of technology. In my opinion, the most efficient approach to raise awareness on a large scale, is,  by making the topic part of general education. Almost one year ago, with this very idea in mind, I started my high school graduation work, that ended up to become a device called SpyPi. SpyPi is an interactive hacking station, which allows students to gain a feeling for the power of modern technology and the dangers that come with it, by letting them step into the position of a black-hat hacker or data collector. The device is thought to provide a rather fun and simple way to get young people interested in the topic. During my presentation the underlying concept  will be addressed in more depth. Beyond that, you'll get to see the device in action.

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