Why Am I Reading This NOW?

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Conjurer” (between 1496 – 1520) On October 4, 2018, Bloo

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  1. Avatar for cbeirn cbeirn says:

    The reason you’re reading it now is because a number of players (some of whom probably work in a five-sided building) are very unhappy about the response to this debacle. Bloomberg Business Week appears to have tapped into a network of disgruntled insiders who have lost patience with their employers’ willingness/ability to mitigate the kind of threat that a hardware hack of this magnitude poses. As they see it, what is politically expedient today – denial – will turn out to be strategically disastrous tomorrow.

  2. Avatar for cbeirn cbeirn says:

    An interesting extrapolation of this story can be found in today’s Guardian:

    "Last week’s revelation, in a Bloomberg news report, that China might have embedded microchips in the hardware used by America’s leading tech firms, should be no surprise. Beijing, with its new cybersecurity law and its overall push towards global supremacy in artificial intelligence, might seem like a rogue actor on the international scene. However, it’s hardly alone in promoting its technological agenda.

    Russia has announced plans to require civil servants to use locally produced mobile phones running on locally produced software. To make that mission easier, Rostelecom, its state-controlled telecoms giant, bought the two companies behind Sailfish OS, a mobile operating system developed by Nokia."


  3. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    I don’t think the “former and current national security officials” who are sourcing this story are disgruntled at all. On the contrary, I think they are doing this with the full support of the Trump Administration. I mean, you don’t see anyone howling about “leakers” here, do you?

  4. Because no one “solved” AI. Good lord rabble rousing for the sake of rabble rousing.

    (I mean Scott Adams - who makes me sad cause I like Dilbert and not him)

  5. Avatar for Laura Laura says:

    I noticed some headlines like that too but haven’t read. Any take?

    I also noticed that the US is going to train fighter pilots for Ukrainian F-15s or something…? (I don’t keep track of the models)

  6. I don’t know why we are seeing this now, but it’s scary stuff if true.

    We don’t want a desperate Putin with nothing to lose.

  7. Avatar for Laura Laura says:

    That TV series The Day After came out when I was in 4th grade, if I recall well. My parents wouldn’t let me watch it, and I’ve been thinking maybe it’d be good to seek it out and watch it now. Apparently it really had an influence on the evolution of anti-nuke treaties.

    I’m saddened that the recent G7 meeting in Hiroshima avoided this subject.

  8. I had several end of the world dreams as a child…I had a very vivid one after the start of the Ukraine war the first one in at least 45 years.

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