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Episode Info: By Marco Ciappelli & Sean Martin Guest: Dr. Ron Ross | Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Welcome to Episode III of The Future Of The Future. The future can be great if we make it so. And one way to be sure that it is going to be is to learn from our past as we try not to repeat the mistakes we have made. In this industry, we've made several mistakes. On the other hand, one thing we can learn from the past is that we need to continue to innovate; we need to push the envelope and take some risks—sometimes small ones and other times, well, some severe leaps into the dark. When we enter this virtual time machine called history, we can see a whole lot of our future. Technology changes fast, but humans' ways do not change at the same pace. And if you ask me that is a good thing. We've made huge leaps and bounds towards a world we desired—or at least one we thought we wanted. Yet, at the same time, we aren't anywhere near to solving the problems that should—and could—have been solved a long time ago. How is this possible? Why do we press forward and advance certain technologies far beyond our wildest dreams, leaving others to flounder, stagnate, and fail us and societies? Fifty years ago, we successfully sent humans to the moon *and brought them back* with far fewer technical capabilities than we have available to the masses today: a far more robust technology now fits in our pocket and on our wrist. Yet, today, we are still dealing with cybersecurity issues that seem a bit silly, all things considered. What is wrong with this picture? Do we have the right pioneers in the right places looking at the right things to collectively tackle the most prominent cybersecurity problems? Do we have a collection of inventors working on incremental technologies that can make them (and their investors) money by solving gradual problems? Our present is already extremely complex, and the near future includes billions of connected devices, sensors, artificial intelligence, and all sorts of technological advancements that have been rushed to market so we can run and control our municipalities, cities, offices, vehicles, homes, smartphones, and even parts of our bodies. All this complexity drives additional innovations that allow us to do things we never imagined we could do. But, at the same time, with such complexity, there is a lot that we don't know. According to Ron, this is the part we haven't come to grips with yet. We push the technology so fast and so hard, and we're so good at innovating, we now are trying to get our arms around what it means to secure it; to remain safe as we use it. Maybe we are running too fast into this world, throwing caution to the wind without a clear understanding of the societal consequences of this frantic race. On this podcast, we get to talk with Ron about all these topics and more. His experience gives him a unique perspective as we take a look a the present and the future worl...
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