Humans seem to have committing crimes pretty well figured out, as is evident to anyone who takes even a casual glance at the news on a daily basis. But experts say computers and robots will one-up the human race in committing crimes by the year 2040. What’s more: humans basically won’t be able to do anything to stop artificial intelligence entities from wreaking criminal havoc.
Independent cyber-defense adviser and researcher Cameron Brown told Raconteur last week that the rise in cyber-crime will largely be motivated by (what else?) money. Brown said increasing opportunities to earn a living through cyber-crime “will propel the disenfranchised and those in lower income bands to pursue a life of crime given the low risk and potential high yields.”
All of this is also a point of major concern for anti-terrorism. Tracy Fellows, the chief strategy and innovation officer at The Future Laboratory told Raconteur, “Futurists have been forecasting a sharp rise in lone-wolf terror attacks for years. But once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife too.”
It might sound like a Philip K. Dick novel, but these are possibilities that are already in the works, and 2040 is less than 24 years away.