“The same Pentagon futurologists who helped create the Internet are about to begin a new era of cyberwarfare.
For years, the Pentagon has been open and adamant about theÂ nation’s need to defend itself against cyberattack, but its ability and desire to attack enemies with cyberweapons has been cloaked in mystery.
Next week, however, the Pentagon’s Defense Advance Research Products Agency (DARPA) will launch Plan X â€“ an effort to improve the offensive cyberwarfare capabilities â€œneeded to dominate the cyber battlespace,â€ according to an announcement for the workshop.”
It gives a strange feeling, reading this, not because I’m surprised about the importance of these issues, but because I’m reading Howard Rheingold’s Tools for Thought about the history of ‘mind amplifying machines’ as computers are being called. It’s pretty obvious how major breakthroughs became possible in the context of the Second World War and the Cold War.Â
Will this new cycle in research and financing lead to more mind-amplifying stuff, or to mayhem and horror?Â
via Diigo http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2012/1012/Pentagon-s-Plan-X-how-it-could-change-cyberwarfare