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If you’re into Technology, then you probably know all about the television show ‘Black Mirror’. On the off-chance you’re not familiar, it’s a dark (and depending on one’s point-of-view…optimistic, pessimistic, or realistic) take on where technology and humanity are headed.
Things have already progressed well beyond ‘Life Imitating Art’. Black Mirror and reality are repeatedly criss-crossing their way into the future. The show draws on real-world technological achievements, while also serving to inspire new developments.
The episode ‘Be Right Back’ focused on the creation of an artificial version of a person who had previously existed. As with most of Black Mirror’s content, the technology doesn’t seem that far off from what’s already achievable.
In this story, the person in question had already died, prior to their re-creation. However, it made me wonder: Once the technology actually exists to replicate what happens in the episode, what would prevent the same thing from happening, even if the original person was still alive? The answer? “Not much”.
Every now and then, ‘Identity Theft’ news makes the rounds…and in one truly heinous case, so did a film starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy….but that was far too disturbing to talk about here.
However, it’s safe to say that “we ain’t seen nothing yet”. With the coming technological advancements, coupled with a confluence of exacerbating factors, Identify Theft will be taken to a whole new level.
- There is a treasure-trove of information on the internet about almost everyone. Combine everything publicly available about you on Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., and an accurate profile can be recreated fairly quickly.
- When Shakespeare wrote, “Once more unto the breach”, it was prophetic about the vulnerability of our most private – and supposedly secure – information. More and more often, we hear about personal data being stolen or appropriated for unintended purposes…and it’s only going to get worse.
- Advances in coding and Artificial Intelligence will exponentially increase the effectiveness and efficiency of fraudulent applications of all that public and private information. For example, scenarios are just around the corner where we’re not going to be able to distinguish a real person (even one we know well) from a facsimile. The possibilities for misuse and abuse are limitless.
Emerston’s upcoming business will be dedicated to raising awareness of these types of issues, and working with experts and clients from various industries, in order to mitigate them. Our individual and collective Quality of Life counts on recognizing, understanding, and dealing with these threats.
Please be sure to join us next week for our next Big Tech topic!