The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the internet and its advancement is that we should have done a much better job in securing it against… well pretty much anything going amok today.
But then you start thinking of a famous remark that the internet wasn’t invented with security in mind.
This then seduces you to the thought about the idiots who were responsible in developing it so far without ever wasting a thought about how secure it should be.
And then you have futurists, who fail to see the security and risk issues altogether and glorify this invention to a degree that is sickening… pretty much the argument of “well, the pedophile is a human being, too”.
And while that is true, it’s a bit different with the internet because humanity is at a stage where the entire western society is close to collapse in case the internet breaks down.
This has to be kept in mind permanently, particularly when we are at a cross road of transitioning this factually unsafe internet into even more critical infrastructure like transport/logistics, and the smart grid.
Recently I saw a video of the visionary Jeremy Rifkin who gave a speech about the future of the two, and permanently referred to them as the “transportation internet” and “energy internet”, which in itself is wrong.
The problem is that these people are advisors to nation states, and what they say carries so much weight that it’s almost impossible to challenge them just because they are who they are.
This is a very concerning thought in itself, yet Rifkin is not alone.
The consultants responsible for the transitioning towards the smart grid are all energy buffoons, not network engineers.
Those responsible for transitioning the road network to fit them for autonomous driving are road engineers, not those visionaries who really have mankind’s good at heart.
I think that if people like Rifkin are followed, humanity will make some very bad decisions, the outcome of which will be felt the hardest by the exceptionally techno-reliant western society, most importantly the United States and Europe.