Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. Hackers can activate baby monitors to spy on families, thieves are analyzing social media posts to plot home invasions, and stalkers are exploiting the GPS on smart phones to track their victims every move. We all know today s criminals can steal identities, drain online bank accounts, and wipe out computer servers, but that s just the beginning. To date, no computer has been created that could not be hacked a sobering fact given our radical dependence on these machines for everything from our nation s power grid to air traffic control to financial services.
Yet, as ubiquitous as technology seems today, just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning. If today s Internet is the size of a golf ball, tomorrow s will be the size of the sun.