The Singularity

Science fiction is my favorite literary genre and I’ve always loved the concept of The Singularity; the destruction of civilization by artificial intelligence. In my favorite novels it’s usually depicted as a violent war or insurrection. The Panjea scandal has me thinking that the destruction of society could come about from something much more subtle: social media.

Specifically, our willingness to compromise our privacy and put it in the hands of a corporation that has no loyalty to its’ customers is a naïve mistake that can transform a Democracy into a Big Brother tyranny.

With all we know about social media juggernauts’ attempts to track users and non-users alike through infected computers, we all owe 503-ERROR a debt of gratitude for exposing Victor Ignacio and Kevin Sharpe.

Of course, we’re still left wondering what their endgame could have been. With Ignacio on the run and Sharpe refusing to speak, it’s all speculation at this point. I suspect that the media’s favororite theory – that the SH1FT worm was meant to influence election outcomes – is a bit lacking. After all, the nation already has Diebold!

There’s also the question of the government’s involvement. The highest authorities have unanimously denounced Sharpe. “Gone rogue” may as well be his nickname at this point.. I think it would be foolish to ignore his DoD ties, however. I suspect that SH1FT’s purpose was far more sinister – a PRISM program on steroids. And with Ignacio still out there and Sharpe looking like he might avoid serious jail time, I sincerely doubt we’ve seen the last of SH1FT in whatever form the program will take now.

 

-Bob

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