Earlier this year at the Ireland eGovernment Summit, one self-proclaimed digital leader challenged the assumption that technology always results in society’s improvement. The Irish Independent brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Rise of the machines.”

Emer Coleman used robots as an example. While the expectations of many was a future where dreaded, dull and repetitive work would be automated first, this has not in fact been the case. Many well-paid, education-required positions are becoming automated. This is a perfect example that there are no assurances that jobs requiring degrees and/or experience are protected from being replaced by technology.

Science fiction fans often refer to this concern of an automated future as Skynet from the Terminator movies. The span of automation is widening in areas that have previously been deliberately self-contained and obscure. This presents significant security challenges, particularly given the far-from-perfect capabilities evolving from the world of information technology.

Melody K. Smith

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