Before I begin this post, let me just say, I’ve always been a huge huge fan of technology. I’ve got more insane tech than almost anyone I know (I know a HD Moore, though, so I don’t win that geek war, but I’m close). And I also like to think I’ve got a firm grasp of the web, but every once in a while something strikes me as just simply stunning. Go here, and watch it - I suggest making it full screen: the new GE smart grid website. Go visit it before you read the rest of this.
I admit it, I’m amazed. It’s very very cool tech. It’s the wave of the future, and as much as I’d like to pretend I think it’s a terrible idea, I don’t. It’s just amazing. Annnnd just as I’m getting ready to set up my printer, get my camera ready, install a plugin and give it complete access to my camera… I pause, as my security brain finally wakes up from it’s amazement. I think we’re soon reaching an inflection point, and in many ways have just simply skipped way past it. What’s the point of the web? Is it to delight and amaze? Is it to allow better consumerism? Is it for communication? Is it to impart information? Is it to download porn? Is it all of those things?
How can we possibly secure ourselves when amazing applications are finally on the horizon that make even hardened security folks want to drop all their guards to join in the party? Am I becoming a Scrooge? “Cool tech - bah humbug!” GE’s application is a wiretapper’s dream application yet I’m compelled to join in and be amazed. *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to watch it again and pretend I don’t want to install it.