I am a geek. I love anything that is geeky techie. I have told my kids many times that had I been born 20 years later, I would be like Abby on NCIS or Garcia on Criminal Minds. I grew up reading every sci-fi book I could get my hands on. I love Matrix and saw in the movie our near future. We are closer to living in a Matrix-like world than we can imagine.
That is why it is so important to get kids interesting in STEM. In an interview some time ago, Massimo Banzi, one of the founders of Arduino, stated that we have the choice of designing our own future or allowing someone/something else to design our future for us. Without our children learning science and mathematics, how will they be able to a design of their own choosing?
Jason Dorrier writes about how close we are to living in that Matrix world.
The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Indeed, Goodman opens his book by quoting the classic sci-fi epic. Do you want the red pill or the blue pill? “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth.” He would know.
Goodman, who began his career as a beat cop at the Los Angeles Police Department, has worked with the FBI, US Secret Service, Interpol, and police in over 70 countries. He is an authority on today’s exponentially scaling cybercrime and a theorist of future crimes worthy of the best sci-fi but, in fact, lurking just around the corner.
You won’t remember every detail of the book—it’s packed to the gills with them—but you may walk away with a better understanding of the challenges facing those of us engaging in the “consensual hallucination” that is modern cyberspace. And that’s the point really.