Thursday, July 12, 2018

Let's Get Digital

Last month The Washington Post reported that China had hacked a United States Navy contractor and stole "massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials."

This morning, Forbes covers a report on the "Digital South" The article's graphic shows the United States has "stalled out" when it comes to digital innovation.

Axios reports on a Center for a New American Security study that contends [a]dvances in artificial intelligence are supercharging propaganda, espionage, and cybercrime [portend] 'the end of truth'" Axios continues,
Why it matters: Cybercriminals and governments are stocking up on the AI capabilities that will define the next generation of conflict. At the same time, automation and the rise of fake information are stirring up unrest. Together, these forces can turn society upside down.
The report concludes, "I don't think we as a society are prepared for this." [emphasis in original]

Taken together, the three articles point to the fact that when it comes to the digital age, the nation is vulnerable, stagnant, and unprepared for the future. I'm certain we're not prepared for a future filled with "so-called 'deepfakes,' or AI-doctored videos falsely showing people saying or doing something,"

Both the political right and the political left seem determined to continue the cultural trench warfare that has gone on inside the country for decades. The President seems more concerned about planning military parades, fighting with the nation's allies, and copying up to dictators than with preparing for future threats. Congress seems more concerned about doing nothing than than building a secure digital infrastructure. No one is equipped to teach how to deal with a world that doesn't allow an one to trust one's sight or hearing to determine whether someone actually performed an action. At least we'll have good cat memes.

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