Pre-thinking:

Goodman indicates the dynamic nature of the threats facing us, and shows how technology can both help and hurt the society, the criminal and the terrorist. The same kind of communication center that allowed the commander-in-chief to watch the Bin Laden operation in real time was used by terrorists in Mumbai. We need to understand the challenges and opportunities of these technologies.

Why you should listen:

Marc Goodman imagines the future crime and terrorism challenges we will all face as a result of advancing technologies. He thinks deeply about the disruptive security implications of robotics, artificial intelligence, social data, virtual reality and synthetic biology. Technology, he says, is affording exponentially growing power to non-state actors and rogue players, with significant consequences for our common global security. How to respond to these threats? The crime-fighting solution might just lie in crowdsourcing.

Who is he:

Goodman heads the Future Crimes Institute, a think tank and clearinghouse that researches and advises on the security and risk implications of emerging technologies. He also serves as the Global Security Advisor and Chair for Policy and Law at Singularity University.

“Moore’s Law moves fast, Goodman points out, while statute progresses like molasses. In between lies a huge potential for economic growth and public good — or stagnation, discord, and collapse. ” (Ted Greenwald on Forbes.com)

Questions:

  1. Goodman talks about electronic or cybercrime; hacking, criminal cellphone networks, and other forms of criminal use. What does this mean for us?
  1. Identity theft, as in the recent Target Stores exploit is becoming more common, but we have no easy system of recovery for the victims. Can you think of any other examples of cultural lag, where the culture has not caught up to the technology?
  1. Identity theft, as in the recent Target Stores exploit is becoming more common, but we have no easy system of recovery for the victims. Can you think of any other examples of cultural lag, where the culture has not caught up to the technology?
  1. PGP, or pretty good privacy, is available, relatively cheap, and works well, provided both users have it. Should our phone and email systems incorporate a system like this?

A vision of crimes in the future with Marc Goodman

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