The Future of Violence

The Future of Violence

Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones--confronting A New Age of Threat

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"The ability to inflict pain and suffering on large groups of people is no longer limited to the nation-state. New technologies are putting enormous power into the hands of individuals across the world--a shift that, for all its sunny possibilities, entails enormous risk for all of us, and may even challenge the principles on which the modern nation state is founded. In short, if our national governments can no longer protect us from harm, they will lose their legitimacy. Detailing the challenges that states face in this new world, legal scholars Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum controversially argue in [Title TK] that national governments must expand their security efforts to protect the lives and liberty of their citizens. Wittes and Blum show how advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to technologies--from drones to computer networks and biological data--that could possibly be used to extort or attack states and private citizens. Security, too, is no longer only under governmental purview, as private companies or organizations control many of these technologies: internet service providers in the case of cyber terrorism and digital crime, or academic institutions and individual researchers and publishers in the case of potentially harmful biotechnologies. As Wittes and Blum show, these changes could undermine the social contract that binds citizens to their governments"--
Published: New York, NY :, Basic Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465089741
0465089747
Branch Call Number: 303.6011 WIT
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Blum, Gabriella - Author

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rpavlacic
Dec 15, 2015

I have to agree with reviewer StarGladiator. The future may be now ... but under this thesis, everyone is a potential terrorist. We need to stop the evil doers and stay one step ahead of them, but this book is way too bleak. The "advance reviewers", including Michael Chertoff and Anne-Marie Slaughter, should be a warning to the reader as to the tone and intent of this book.

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StarGladiator
Apr 27, 2015

A sane person skims this book and surmises: were the authors on drugs the entire time? Or are they from Brookings Institution and Harvard? Oh, that explains everything, as they are paid to push such propaganda on the rest of us: that the government exists to protect us? Oh really? The Hamilton Project resides at Brookings, founded by Robert Rubin to PRIVATIZE EVERYTHING? Protect us from that! Harvard's minions are constantly pushing austerity on the rest of us [no matter how they fail at doing simple Excel spreadsheets, huh, Rogoff?]! Who will protect us from the government, Brookings and Harvard? [Under present government guidelines, anyone seeking the truth today can be labeled a terrorist!]

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