Why robots and smart thermostats keep America’s spy chief up at night

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Capitol Hill this week before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Some people are already used to having their personal information exposed in massive data breaches. But the rise of artificial intelligence and connected computers in everything from toasters to implanted medical device could dramatically raise the stakes of digital security. In fact, they topped a long list of “global threats” that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper unveiled Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services committee. “The Internet of Things will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited,” Clapper wrote in his Senate testimony. “Artificial intelligence will enable computers to make autonomous decisions” that hackers could disrupt to cause chaos. [This robot keyboard will…


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