Comments
IBM Develops Self-Destructing Chips For DARPA
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
s404n1tn0cc
100%
0%
s404n1tn0cc,
User Rank: Strategist
2/20/2014 | 8:52:23 AM
Better Idea
One could design a Shorting conditon in the mechics. With the correct software can un-short he mechanism. As far as controll..you either have control of your Desktop or Machine or you don't. 
s404n1tn0cc
100%
0%
s404n1tn0cc,
User Rank: Strategist
2/20/2014 | 8:49:56 AM
BAd Idea
Bad idea
WKash
50%
50%
WKash,
User Rank: Author
2/19/2014 | 5:12:38 PM
Re: This phone will self destruct in five seconds
I suppose all those doomsday scenario's you list have some shred of truth.  But given we somehow survived a few decades of the US and Russia pointing thousands of nuclear warheads at each other, I have a faith that whatever can be done with self destructing phones won't necessarily mean it will be done.

 
WKash
50%
50%
WKash,
User Rank: Author
2/19/2014 | 5:06:22 PM
Re: Better double check
That would be an amusing design joke... While they're at it, how about a final audible on your phone that says, "Your phone is toast. Goodbye."
rradina
0%
100%
rradina,
User Rank: Ninja
2/19/2014 | 9:01:28 AM
Re: This phone will self destruct in five seconds
This is currently a great concern among folks that are raising the caution flag of a government mandated smartphone "kill switch".  The tinfoil hat crowd claim evil government forces will use it to suppress organized civil disobedience movements.  The security crowd fear hackers will gain access and cripple the economy by destroying millions of smart phones.  The conspiracy crowd, who believe the twin towers were destroyed by our own government, believe the Apples and Samsungs of the world will pay hackers to drive sales of replacement devices.
Kristin Burnham
0%
100%
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
2/18/2014 | 8:40:06 PM
Self-destructing and biodegradable
I wonder if their research could lead them to advancements in biodegradable materials, too.
Thomas Claburn
50%
50%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
2/18/2014 | 7:14:51 PM
Re: Better double check
IBM should include an "Undo" button on its destroyed chips as a joke.
WKash
100%
0%
WKash,
User Rank: Author
2/18/2014 | 4:25:34 PM
This phone will self destruct in five seconds
This will be an interesting technology wrinkle to watch -- especially when it becomes commercially viable.  Imagine being at a restaurant and your spouse/boss/wiseguy friend finds and executes the self-destruct code and your phone melts down right at the table.  Meanwhile, it's hard not to recall the mysterious ways Jim Phelp's Mission Impossible messages used to self destruct on the old hit TV series.  Funny it's taken so long to develop something comparable for smart phones.
Drew Conry-Murray
0%
100%
Drew Conry-Murray,
User Rank: Ninja
2/18/2014 | 9:55:26 AM
Better double check
It bugs me when a program double checks (or triple checks) about me wanting to shut it down, but this is one case where a query would be useful. "Are you sure you want this laptop to explode?"


IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.