By connecting everything to the internet, Raph Koster argues that the world is putting all its eggs in one basket. The issue is that by putting everything in the cloud with an Internet-of-Things economy driven by profit, "we’re effectively doing is creating a massive single point of failure for every system we put in it."
Now that gas stations play video ads on a loop above the station, now that every cash register is replaced with an Internet-connected device, losing Internet means no gas and no groceries. No gas means no trucks delivering the groceries. Especially if we make them into self-driving trucks! We think of critical infrastructure in terms of government-owned or controlled utilities… but the food trucking fleet is “critical infrastructure.” It’s owned by a massive patchwork of private entities, and actually is networked into the air fleet and the shipping fleet as well via databases of shipping container IDs. Wanna paralyze the world economy? Corrupt that ID database.
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