DailyPost 673


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Says Alan Kay of Zerox Parc. Marc Goodman is of the opinion that future has already arrived, the technological threats way. It is the laptop next to you of a kid building the next Silk Road and the Assassination Market? It is in a ten storey building in that foreign capital which houses thousands of digital spies. It is in the disaffected bio-hacker plotting his bio-terror revenge. It is the local big-box retailer selling quadcopter drones, never knowing it can be used for ferry weapons over prison or airport fences. It is available over the Web site; autonomous model jet aircraft which can be laden with explosives and be flown in a building. All these are real scenarios.

Is it an issue of maintaining control or handle privacy on the multitude of devices that are interspersed in our lives. It is the vulnerability extraordinaire gaping at our faces. The story now is how do we safeguard our technological future. We ought to understand what is coming next. “It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.” The hacks of tomorrow with range form cars to implantable medical devices to smart meters to personal-care bots.

With IPv6 and Internet of Things going full hog, all physical objects would become hackable. Also all the screens in our lives. We are sinking in quicksand, as we lack any viable models of truly trustworthy & secure computing. In a society run on computers it would be suicidal. There is no validated method to trust the code that runs our lives. Those codes runs our world. The harsh reality is those who control the code, would control the world. The million dollar question it is for good or for evil.

We live in a world where all our critical systems & infrastructure are operated by computers. Can technological insecurity be treated as a computing problem? Technology is interwoven in our existence. “We have no choice but to win this battle for the very soul of own technologies.” Alternative is too grave to even imagine.


Sanjay Sahay

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