The Devil’s in the Cloud, Part IV: The Ghost of Christmas (Cyber) Future

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 26, 2013 11:04 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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It would be convenient and consoling to pretend that what I’ve described over the last several days is simple science fiction. But...Many countries are building drones now; the technology is not complex.

It’s hardly surprising that we should find ourselves at such a pass. Realizing the promise of the Cloud has been just over the horizon for twenty years, and now, suddenly, it has come within our grasp. Moreover, technical opportunity has always beguiled us. We always want to have the candy first, and worry about the cavities later. Stated another way, profit motives will always bring innovation to the marketplace faster than prudent rules to protect us from any undesired but nonetheless real dangers that might come along for the ride. When real danger does become evident, lobbyists will weigh in to avoid new restrictions and costs, and legislators will temporize and delay. And the greater the investment is made in unprotected infrastructure, the greater will be the resistance to replacing it with more expensive facilities.

What we need to ask ourselves, like Scrooge, is which future do we want to live in?

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