“Not forever, just until you get back up your strength.”
This is the second day in a row I’ve seen the tech headline about a guy who got infected with a computer virus. Ok, so at first glance, it sounds pretty sci fi right? But once you read the actual article, you quickly realize that the writer is just solidifying a notion that, once we fully integrate computer technology into our lives, we are going to face the same problems we currently face with viruses, malware, and probably spam. The only difference is, when your computer gets infected with one of these lovely little problems, the computer can, for the most part, be fixed easily. Sure, depending on what kind of problem the computer is having, and how that problem came to manifest itself, the end user will have to face a little responsible embarrassment, and of course, a nice little bill. But, when you look at how computers are being merged with our lives in a more ubiquitous light, common sense rings the bells and alarms that this might cause some serious problems. As we allow computers to run more and more of our day to day lives, these problems will become quite serious. Sure, having a computer on your desk that’s infected with a virus is quite annoying, but all you have to do is unplug the ethernet cable, and the virus is basically rendered inoperative. Of course, depending on the virus, it can wreak some havoc on the computer system itself even to the point of rendering the computer itself inoperative, but again, unless that computer remains hooked up to other important infrastructure, nothing that bad is going to happen.
Now, take that same scenario, but instead of the target being a computer sitting on your desk, it’s the computer that control’s your vehicle, or your pace maker, or eventually, perhaps even parts of your mind and body. Imagine, as they talk about in the article, that we reach a point in society where everyone has a computer chip implanted inside their hand that controls access to security permissions at your office, all of your identity information, your bank information, communications, health information, or anything else we will allow computers to do for us. Imagine if that infected chip was controlling your pace maker, or your hearing aid, or your memory implants. If those devices we trusted enough to implant inside our bodies in the first place, end up getting infected by some nasty computer virus, the results could be quite fatal. The further down this technological rabbit hole we tumble, the more interconnectedness we experience between our flesh and bone and our computer technology, the more these little problems are going to have extremely large, and possibly even fatal consequences. As the scientists demonstrated in their experiment, it is very easy for a well written virus to transfer itself from the infected chip, via the wireless air waves, into the computers they communicate with. Once there they spread like wild fire causing major headaches for the I.T. crowd.
So like I said, once your pace maker or memory implants get infected, it’s not like you can just do a simple format and recover. I just hope that by the time this happens, we have developed some sort of quantum computing firewall antivirus solution that will make writing viruses almost obsolete. Unless of course we end up with a quantum virus of some sort. But, by the time that happens, it’s going to be far too late to do anything about it. Prevention in this case, really is the best medicine. Good luck humanity! I have a feeling we’re going to need it.
- Oh man, who remembers the Arsenio Hall show? I blame that show for every black rapper who thinks he’s a dog. Thank you for your contribution.
- If you don’t know, the first episode of the Hot Box podcast is up. This is our sister podcast all about marijuana. You can watch live shows every Tuesday at hotboxpodcast.com/live. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the live show! It was a blast.
- Hey mister paranoid big time podcaster, calm down before you have another heart attack. As you start to age, you need to be more conscious about your blood pressure and the kind of things you eat, and getting so excited about stupid things could be seriously detrimental to your health. I only say this because I care.
- Hey mister paranoid big time podcaster intern, stick to being a carbon copy Ben Lerman, and leave the rapping to the black people… and me. I’m not saying this because you are doing funny musical comedy, I’m saying it because every song I’ve heard you do sounds EXACTLY like one of Ben Lerman’s songs. That’s all. Again, I only say this because I care.
- Follow BpGlobalPr for all the awesome updates on the oil spill earth day present. This is gold! Black gold… #BpCares!
- Let’s get even more geeky and talk about the whole Facebook privacy problem. Hopefully this will make people more aware of what they are openly posting on the internet. Just assume everything you post on the internet will be seen by everyone on the internet. That’s a lot of people.
- Happy one year Jamhole anniversary to Redfox. He has been with us since episode 197, and we’re still arguing over the same dumb shit. What a waste of time.
- Hey Ustream, you were doing so good for quite a while, but you totally fucked me on this episode. Thank you.
- We finally figured out what the Losties are going to do now that Lost is over… They are going to watch it again… And again… And again. What a productive existence.
- What if Jack Bauer was head of Stargate Atlantis? Oh man.
- This is what happens when you have three crazy people who think they are Jesus Christ, put them in a room together for two years. This could be the best reality show EVER! We only read a brief part of this story, so if you were interested in it, read the whole thing. It’s quite long, but very cool.
- When you have fuck ups running the drilling service, fucked up shit is bound to happen. Nice job destroying the planet, high five!
- This is the story of the week, complete with pictures. Start them young, that’s the motto. He smokes more than I do, and he’s two! Let’s hear it for Indonesia. You have to see the pictures!
- So I fed the new born baby. When they are new born, you just give them a milk IV right? Oh wait, I think the baby is dead. Ooops, I’m new here!
- You either suck at driving, or you suck at killing yourself. Two car crashes in under ten minutes. Oh Canada…
- If you are a fan of the choking game, you’re going to love THIS! You are raising fucking RETARDS people. This is what came out of your vagina, now look what they did. So fucking stupid…
- We’ll see you live on Friday for the next episode. Don’t forget to check out our sister marijuana podcast, the Hot Box.
- Danni tries to blame her farting on me during the show. Don’t believe her. She lies like a rug. If you guys could smell through the live feed, you probably wouldn’t listen live anymore. Send me a gas mask.
- Keep your post cards coming. If you enjoy the show, send us a postcard from where you live. If you really enjoy the show, help us pay some bills. At the very least, help us spread the word.