Category — Technology
No, I’m not talking about simple border disputes in Africa or ongoing operations in Afghanistan. You won’t hear about these wars on the news, though some of the world’s leading countries are involved. In fact, it’s very likely that the US is involved in at least one of these ‘wars’ right now.
That’s because these conflicts are operating in the fifth domain of war: cyberspace — the latest battlefield after land, sea, air and space. I’ve noted in these pages before — war isn’t strictly kinetic anymore. The limit of an army’s reach is no longer the range of its biggest gun — a navy’s striking range is no longer measured in the miles its missiles can fly.
In the fifth domain of war, invisible signals race back and forth through wires and circuitry in an attempt to gain information or disable key systems. Professionals in the cyberwarfare businessoften refer to these programs as ‘computer network operations’, or CNOs, for short. And there are more ‘cyberwarriors’ each year.
Descriptions of cyberwar read more like science fiction than the annals of military history: Offensives jump off at the stroke of a key. The sentries are firewalls, encryptions and passwords. Viruses drop behind enemy lines like guerillas and sow confusion.
It’s a whole new way to wage war, and one that some predict will dominate international relations in coming decades. In fact, the increasing importance of cyberwarfare could well shake up the existing balance of military power around the globe. [Read more →]
September 12, 2013 Comments Off
A Meeting of the Minds On Steroids
Next week at the 02 Arena in London the world’s biggest electronic entertainment event will take place. As the organisers say, ‘Campus Party unites the brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that “the Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people.”‘
It’s a huge event for the whole week, running 24 hours a day. There will be keynotes from some of the brightest minds in global technology. Previous keynote speakers include Steve Wozniak, Michio Kaku and Al Gore. This year Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland will be a keynote along with one of the men who worked on the ARPANET project, Vint Cerf.
There will also be a mix of technologists, futurists, developers and hackers. The technologies on display and being discussed will include security, big data, robotics, e-health and green tech.
Basically this is a nerd’s dream come true. And that means we’ll be there first hand to find the bestbreakthrough technologies and views on what the future might hold.
What you also need to recognise is events like this are crucial for the development of technology in the world. Because when you get so many minds together in one space, you can’t help but collaborate with each other. It’s a ‘meeting of the minds’…on steroids (not literally).
And when that kind of collaboration happens, breakthroughs occur, new ventures are formed, and problems are solved.
If we come across truly revolutionary tech we’ll reveal everything to Revolutionary Tech Investorsubscribers. But we’ll also share a few pics and snippets of information next weekend. Hopefully it will give you some insight as to just how important events like this are. [Read more →]
September 1, 2013 Comments Off
Today’s Money Weekend will continue our exploration into the future. We got a peek at what that might look like this week. PayPal founder and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed plans for what he called the ‘Hyperloop’.
In case you missed it, Musk created a blueprint for a new transportation system. He calls it a ‘cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table.’ We’re talking estimated speeds around 1,200km/h. Musk puts the travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 35 minutes.
It’s giddy stuff. Transportation looks like it will be a big trend in the 21st century as the world population grows and urbanises. But any change on the scale of the Hyperloop looks a touch far away from here.
Investors need something closer to fruition to get excited. But a smaller technology story caught our eye this week, and might just be what they’re looking for… [Read more →]
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