When it comes to technological innovation, the human race circa 2017 has just barely scratched the surface.
But in the future, every new invention that brings benefits to humankind will also present opportunities for criminals, bad political actors, and all those looking to inflict harm.
That was the message that futurist and technology expert Scott Klososky delivered to ASIS 2017 attendees during his keynote address on Tuesday. And he cautioned every security professional in the ballroom to always be cognizant of the downsides and vulnerabilities of advanced innovations.
"We invent technologies without ever really having an understanding of what they are going to do to us," he said. "It's probably time to get a little wiser."
Klososky then took the audience through layers of potential future innovations and developments, and their unintended potential negative effects.
In much the same way that technology has wiped out some blue-collar jobs, artificial intelligence (AI) could wipe out many white-collar jobs, he explained. But masses of unemployed white-collar workers could have a destabilizing impact on society, and the more skilled among them could turn to cybercrime.
To Klososky, society is transitioning from The Age of Information to The Age of Entanglement. AI will become more and more sophisticated and useful, and be entangled in more human processes.
But for some people, that development means that AI will go from "knowing me to representing me to being me to replacing me," he said. And it will be vulnerable. "Criminals are going to get very good at hijacking AI."
Devices now known as wearables will evolve into IT implants, which will evolve into a type of augmentation where implanted technologies will enhance body processes like brain and organ function.
"Some people argue that this will be the dividing line, that we will become transhuman," Klososky explained. In addition, augmentation will take money, and it could lead to another version of inequality, in which schools are divided into augmented and nonaugmented students, and augmented workers will get the best jobs and highest salaries.
In the end, those who believe we have already reached very advanced stages of technological innovation are sadly mistaken, Klososky said, adding "we're five percent into this battle—if that."