We live in a world where the latest technological advances are creating a fully monitered society. It’s happening fast. And if you think that you’re not part of the digital framework, then you really aren’t seeing it for what it is.
We are NOT only part of it, but we are actually helping by building it! We fly our drones, we like posts on social media, we use Google maps and photograph while tagging ourselves and others, and much much more. This all helps in creating a worldwide digital system that is forever put into The Cloud.
The biggest threat to humanity? The INTERNET: Experts raise concerns about the web’s potential to incite violence, bring down governments and wipe us out
1. Political uprising: The web has been cited as a catalyst for recent government coups and it has the potential to lead to uprisings around the globe.
2. Cyber attacks: Attacks on the infrastructure of governments and global businesses could bring chaos to countries and economies. This in turn could lead to poverty and famine.
3. Control and propaganda: Researchers from the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) claim that the capabilities of advanced technology place control in ‘dangerously few human hands’.
If governments, or even criminals, wanted to, they could control their citizens by restricting information.
4. Dark web: Criminals and terrorists operate on the so-called Deep Web, and this could lead to global wars, spread of terrorism and crime, and could culminate in World War III.
5. Artificial Intelligence: The rise of the web and internet capabilities has also made the prospect of Artificial Intelligence much more prominent.
‘Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history,’ Professor Stephen Hawking said earlier this year.
‘Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.’
Though most experts agree artificial intelligence research should be pursued carefully—and in fact, many also believe general AI may emerge this century—Bostrom’s argument isn’t universally accepted. And we won’t resolve the debate here.
Director Henry Dunham’s “The Awareness” summons up dark visions of Skynet and Terminator. And it notes that while the powerful publicly debate ethics and safety, they can’t prevent or control advances being made on the fringes. That’s the beauty and terror of democratized digital technology. Set in a dark and grimy warehouse, the offices of a struggling tech startup, the lead programmer sums it up when he says: “I created the future on a $30 table.”[source]
On the eve of a technological breakthrough, an insignificant janitor and a prominent engineer are faced with a decision that will alter the course of humanity: the release of the first aware computer system into the world.