XV. Don’t get hacked

Hackers like Decker, Raycast and Dex aren’t just dab hands at infiltrating data systems, they’re also masters of stopping others infiltrating theirs. In our post, ‘The top ten things you didn’t know about hacking,’ we looked at a range of ways in which hackers can access your data without you ever knowing about it. Now it’s time to take a look at some ways you can defend yourself against them. This is not the stuff of a cyberpunk future – […]

XIV. The top ten things you didn’t know about hacking

The word ‘hacking’ conjures up images of a Dex-like underworld… a kind of invasive techno-shamanism at the fringes of our society. But hacking is much more present in our everyday than you might realise – you don’t need secret training from an anarchistic legend to learn the trade, not when there even an accredited course where graduates walk out with a hacking certificate. Here are ten other things you probably never knew about hacking: After TalkTalk’s recent security breach resulted […]

XIII. Opponents

The environmental movement has taught us humility and respect for the integrity of nonhuman nature. We need a similar humility concerning our human nature. If we do not develop it soon, we may unwittingly invite the transhumanists to deface humanity with their genetic bulldozers and psychotropic shopping malls. – Francis Fukuyama Many enthusiasts applaud transhumanism, but the movement has also provoked a major wave of criticism. American political scientist Francis Fukuyama even pointed it out as one of the most […]

XII. Singularity

We’ll get to a point where technical progress will be so fast that unenhanced human intelligence will be unable to follow it. That will mark the Singularity. – Ray Kurzweil What timespan are we talking about before AI outstrips human intelligence? Influential transhumanist thinker Ray Kurzweil (in his books The Age of Spiritual Machines, 1999, and The Singularity Is Near, 2005) says that the age of cyborgs and conscious machines is surprisingly near. Even though today’s machines are nowhere near […]