By Marc Goodman
NEW YORK TIMES and WALL highway JOURNAL BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S 10 most sensible BOOKS OF 2015
One of the world’s prime specialists on worldwide defense, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the electronic underground to show the alarming methods criminals, firms, or even nations are utilizing new and rising applied sciences opposed to you—and how this makes every body extra susceptible than ever imagined.
Technological advances have benefited our international in immeasurable methods, yet there's an ominous turn facet: our expertise could be became opposed to us. Hackers can turn on child screens to secret agent on households, thieves are interpreting social media posts to plan domestic invasions, and stalkers are exploiting the GPS on clever telephones to trace their sufferers’ each circulate. we know today’s criminals can thieve identities, drain on-line financial institution money owed, and wipe out desktop servers, yet that’s only the start. to this point, no desktop has been created that can now not be hacked—a sobering truth given our radical dependence on those machines for every little thing from our nation’s energy grid to air site visitors keep watch over to monetary services.
Yet, as ubiquitous as expertise turns out this day, simply over the horizon is a tidal wave of medical development that might go away our heads spinning. If today’s web is the scale of a golfing ball, tomorrow’s could be the measurement of the sunlight. Welcome to the web of items, a dwelling, respiring, international details grid the place each actual item may be on-line. yet with larger connections come larger hazards. Implantable scientific units similar to pacemakers should be hacked to convey a deadly jolt of electrical energy and a car’s brakes could be disabled at excessive velocity from miles away. in the meantime, 3-D printers can produce AK-47s, bioterrorists can obtain the recipe for Spanish flu, and cartels are utilizing fleets of drones to ferry medications throughout borders.
With explosive insights dependent upon a profession in legislation enforcement and counterterrorism, Marc Goodman takes readers on a shiny trip throughout the darkest recesses of the net. analyzing like technology fiction, yet dependent in technological know-how truth, Future Crimes explores how undesirable actors are primed to hijack the applied sciences of day after today, together with robotics, man made biology, nanotechnology, digital truth, and synthetic intelligence. those fields carry the ability to create an international of unheard of abundance and prosperity. however the technological bedrock upon which we're construction our universal destiny is deeply risky and, like a home of playing cards, can come crashing down at any moment.
Future Crimes offers a dazzling glimpse into the darkish part of technological innovation and the accidental results of our attached global. Goodman bargains a fashion out with transparent steps we needs to take to outlive the growth unfolding ahead of us. Provocative, exciting, and finally empowering, Future Crimes will function an pressing name to motion that indicates how we will take again keep watch over over our personal units and harness technology’s super strength for the betterment of humanity—before it’s too past due.