If watching hours of Science Fiction has taught us anything, then it is the fact that world will at some point been taken over by machines. How far have modern technologies come to some of these scenarios? Do machines start to form a plan to take over like Cylons in Battlestar Galactica? Does our future begin with a choice or is resistance futile? A number of different technologies have emergent recently to infiltrate more and more of our daily lives. From the “quantified self”, to the “Internet of Things” and new protocols like IPv6 to scale and integrate networks by orders of magnitude. At the same time, networks are more and more the focus of political and influence, and various powers look to them to implement politics by other means. In this talk, we will illustrate how much these technologies already control and meter what we do and how machine decisions influence our daily lives. Securing these technologies will have to balance privacy and reliability while being still convenient to use.
As Dean of Research for the SANS Technology Institute, Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded DShield.org in 2000, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in Physics from SUNY Albany and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. His daily podcast summarizes current security news in a concise format.