Well, for those of you keeping score, it’s hackers 17, Sony 0. You can follow hacking news on my facebook page, it’s not all I write about, but hacking is a major theme in my novel, ‘The Price of Free Will: The Singularity Cometh’, so I like to keep informed.
What’s going on right now in the world is exactly what I wrote about in my novel, except, contrary to reality, my novel has an ending. So, if you want to see how the story of what’s going on right now with all the hacking will end, you’ll have to buy my book. After all, it’s sci-fi, and good sci-fi is the exploration of the present condition through theoretical projections of possibilities (or impossibilities, but that’s another post for another day).
However, instead of having righteous organizations of hackers like Anonymous and LolzSec, I have two main characters who hack the planet with the help of an emerging Artificial Intelligence (The Singularity). ‘How’ they do it is less important than ‘why’ they do it, and what they do with all the information they gather.
There is a reason why on the back of my novel it says: If novels were music, this book would be punk.
The world in which we live, to some of us, simply seems insane. Personally I suspect that those that don’t see it this way either don’t get the enormity of the issues out there, or, to protect their sanity, they are in deep denial.
Some of us think that it is beyond unsustainable to keep things as they are now.
Some of us think that governments, as they are structured now, as they are managed now, are slow-moving relics that belong in museums.
Some of us think that the people running the country are archaic funny frustrating little creatures that can’t see past a few months time, like chess players that can only think one move at a time.
Some of us think that those in power can’t see past the decisions that keep them in power, which almost always end up being the wrong decisions, swayed and influenced by lobby groups and corporate interests.
Some of us want to do something about all this.
In my novel, I play out that scenario to the end, and… guess who wins? No matter how I look at it, in the long run, we, the people, win. It’s only a matter of time before this scenario plays itself out. The Singularity Cometh. Grab on to something, it’s going to a great ride!
PS: Kudos to LulzRaft for the excellent Harper Hack this morning!
Here’s another great read on the subject matter: Why We Need A Hacker Army.