- Jan 22, 2008
Quite. In Richard Morgan's Black Man/Thirteen, robots aren't used because they are hacked by terrorists and sent on the rampage. This is clearly done to set up the need for semi-caveman super-soldiers, but it doesn't seem too unlikely to me. The current obsession for linking everything to everything else seems to make all the systems very vulnerable to attack. I could imagine a society which, having suffered from such attacks, people just don't risk it happening again, and have either no internet or multiple unconnected internets.The Internet of Things (online kettles etc) have been hijacked to provide computing power for DDOS attacks and hackery. The NHS got hit by an attack a couple of years ago. Just because autonomous cars are possible doesn't make them a good idea.