Making calls via the internet at the beginning of the internet era required an office and a desktop. One would make the call and then wait while hearing the ringing tone that resembled the ringtone of the fax which people no longer use.
Then this developed with the invention of laptops. Making calls via the internet no longer required sitting on a desk or going to an internet café – these cafes have almost gone extinct now! With a laptop, all you need is a power plug, a router and the latter’s password.
All this did not quench the voracity; thus came the era of tablets. Smartphones currently dominate as all it takes nowadays is to have a smartphone. All cellular phones have now become smart!
There are attempts to monopolize the rest of your senses as how could they be left out offline, dear?
Your eyes? Don’t worry. There are Google glasses and other similar smart glasses which are used to receive tweets, notifications and messages. As to how you will use your eyes for the ordinary task they’re designed for which is sight, we have not thought about that yet but we will, don’t worry as we are the heroes of the digital.
This scenario is what sci-fi has always discussed – a helpless man being driven by artificial intelligence! Or to phrase this in a less terrifying way, a helpless man being hacked by an intelligence apparatusMashari Althaydi
Is there something else?
Yes. There is your skin itself which can be transformed into smart skin.
Oh tell me about this which used to be a mere fantasy! A long time ago now, a company has given its employees the chance to be electronic employees. Eight employees there have agreed to plant electronic chips in their hand that allow them to enter the company’s headquarters and access the computers there without having to use their traditional ID cards.
According to reports, one hand gesture is enough to open doors, turn on the lights and communicate with computers and smartphones.
These digital chips also emit radio waves that store all data to replace the passport and identity, bank and insurance cards.
Okay. Can this chip be hacked since it’s connected to the internet?
Imagine that! A human is being “hacked” through his skin and his nerve system is being controlled by someone else! It’s terrifying!
This scenario is what sci-fi has always discussed – a helpless man being driven by artificial intelligence! Or to phrase this in a less terrifying way, a helpless man being hacked by an intelligence apparatus or a gang, there is no difference.
What is to be done?
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.