Congressional staffers from both sides of the aisle came to Stanford last week for a cybersecurity boot camp. They heard from Google’s Eric Schmidt that security problems are serious, but can be reduced with better encryption of communications.
Schmidt, in response to a question from Rice about classes students should take, noted that 75 percent of Stanford students take at least one computer science course. He talked about the importance of data science – a topic Google scientists know well. He pointed out that President Obama’s campaign organization made good use of data science.
Voice recognition, text recognition and face recognition by cameras and computers have become very good, but pose a privacy threat, Schmidt said. Placing cameras everywhere would drastically reduce crime, he said, but at the cost of privacy.