Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information.
Imagine a world where you don't have to plug in your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or even lay it on one of the Duracell charging mats that Starbucks is rolling out nationwide. Instead, your refrigerator sends them power from across the room via a WiFi-like radio signal.
Until we all start riding around in Google's self-driving cars, or getting ourselves delivered by Amazon's drones, accident-avoidance systems will loom as the ultimate in vehicle-safety technology. Rather than just protecting people in a crash, such as seat belts and air bags, they hold the promise of preventing crashes entirely.
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