Yep, we’re in 2011 now, but I want you to remember 2010 as the year when we arrived at the Future.
That’s right Future with a capital F, the milestome, that place that’s been theorized and promised since the Space Age arrived.
Why? Consider these two events that occured last year:
- A computer virus (Stuxnet) was able to penetrate and deal as much damage to Iran’s nuclear facilities as a full-blown military strike. Consider this, not a life was lost, not a bullet fired, yet because of a piece of software that had to propagate through USB thumbdrives, an entire country has been delayed years in a national endeavour. Don’t believe it? Read.
- Wikileaks. I think that’s all that needs to be said, but more specifically how the entire diplomacy of the world’s last superpower came to standstill because someone downloaded and posted it all online.
This is it, this is the Future. No longer are the virtual and real world separate, they’ve been meshing together and now finally the computer / Internet revolutions changed all aspects of society, world-wide.
The challenges now, are that as the Internet and computers have pushed into real-word issues, so have traditional real-world issues pushed into the Internet. In particular, censorship, like the traditional media has faced for ages from autocrats is now setting is sights on Web media. Consider Venezuela’s new Social Reponsibility in Media law.