This week's Actuator comes to you from June, where the weather has turned for the better after what seems like an endless amount of rain. We were able to work in the yard and it reminded me that one of the best ways to reduce stress is some physical exercise. So wherever you are, get moving, even if it is a walk around the block.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike

Regular readers of the Actuator know I have a fondness for autonomous vehicles. This article made me rethink that our future may best be served with bicycles, at least in more urban areas.

 

SpaceX Starlink satellites dazzle but pose big questions for astronomers

Is there any group of people Elon Musk hasn’t upset at this point?

 

How much does it cost to get an employee to steal workplace data? About $300

And for the low price of $1,200, you can get them to steal all the data. This is why security is hard: because humans are involved.

 

Real estate title insurance company exposed 885,000,000 customers' records, going back 16 years: bank statements, drivers' licenses, SSNs, and tax records

Setting aside the nature of the data, much of which I believe is public record, I want you to understand how the breach happened: because of lousy code. Until we hold individuals, not just companies, responsible for avoiding common security practices, we will continue to suffer data breaches.

 

Bad metadata means billions in unpaid royalties from streaming music services

Each paragraph I read made me a little sadder than the one before.

 

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Just About Cutting Costs. It’s Also About Growth.

Let the machines do the tasks for which they are able, freeing up humans to do tasks for which they are able. Yes, automation and AI is about growth, and about efficiency (i.e., cutting costs).

 

What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You

I never knew why Fitbit chose 10,000 steps as a default goal, but this may explain why. I’m a huge advocate for finding ways to get extra steps into your day. I hope this article gets you thinking about how to get more steps for yourself each day.

 

Pictured here is six yards of gravel. Not pictured is another 12 yards of topsoil. All moved by hand. I need a nap.