EARLIER THIS WEEK, as I was battling away about cloud security in my debate against someone with more qualifications and hair than I have, I made a passing reference to the Terminator films.
For those of you who have managed to avoid the Arnold Schwarzenegger action go-boom fest, the premise is essentially that Skynet, a computer designed by humans to be perfect, realises that humans aren't perfect, and starts picking them off from the Earth like nits off a primary school child.
My argument runs thus: the idea that humans, aware of their own imperfections, can create something perfect is impossible. How can we create something perfect without being perfect ourselves?
And if we did, surely it would result in our own demise because a perfect machine would see us as imperfect and wipe us out. Which makes it imperfect because we didn't want it to do that.
The whole thing is an almighty paradox which makes the cloud insecure and the Terminator films seem even more ridiculous that they already are, as the paradox would cancel out Skynet ever being made. QED.
And now I feel one of my headaches coming on, even though I'm quite pleased I got to say QED at the end of a sentence.
Earlier this week, a group of now middle-aged men and women successfully completed their 25-year ambition to land a washing machine on a comet. The fact that we have the technology to do this is incredible. The fact that this technology is now 10 years old even more so.
OK, so it sounds like the Philae probe is going to have a shorter shelf life than planned, but blame the sun for that one.
It's still an absolutely amazing feat, especially when you consider that huge swathes of the ocean a few miles down on our own planet remain completely unexplored.
Maybe the European Space Agency could look at doing something similar for the ocean next. We could call it Philae O'Fish.
If we went back a bit further and told World War II codebreaker Alan Turing that we were going to land on a comet he'd be proud but incredulous - it still sounds impossible and yet we've done it.
In the week that his biopic, The Imitation Game, is released, it's worth making the observation that we probably wouldn't have Philae without Turing.
This is a man whose grasp of early technology shortened a war by up to four years saving countless lives, (so screw you, Farage). But he also set in motion the concept of computing as we know it today.
We've done amazing things in the 70 years since Turing. Around 33 years ago, Sir Clive Sinclair made the ZX81, a low priced home computer that was the stuff of a madman's dream a few years before.
Some 20 years before that, we sent men to the moon using a computer with a sixth of the power of the ZX81.
Whether it therefore follows that we could use a ZX81 to fly to the moon still eludes me, but anyway this month the Met Office has ordered a Cray supercomputer that not only has computing speed 3,500 times faster than the Sinclair machine in a single core of a single CPU, but is set to be upgraded to become faster still.
Although classed as a single computer, the Cray will sit across two Met Office sites. My hope, therefore, is that the two sections will be known as Ronnie and Reggie. Arf.
My point is this. We moan about how the cloud is dangerous. We moan when our laptop shows us a Blue Screen of Death. We moan that this first generation of Internet of Things isn't all that. We moan that Siri doesn't understand our accent.
But take a step back for a second and think. Isn't technology wonderful? We have the cloud. We have an internet. We have an Internet of Things. We have watches we can talk to.
And isn't mankind amazing for making it? And isn't it amazing how far we've come in such a short space of time?
There are things that we have now that, as a child, I could never have believed outside Terrahawks, which set the bar for plausibility at the time with the message that women could hold down a job of swashbuckling Earth defender and international pop star as long as you had a pink perm.
Visions of the future always seem to be dystopian hells where technology has gone rogue. Just two weeks ago, Elon Musk prophesied the rise of the machines. Again.
As long as there has been technology there has always been a healthy fear that it is going to go rogue - HG Wells, Arthur C Clarke, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Michael Crichton... the list is endless. But that's just it - it makes great fiction.
The idea that we could wipe ourselves out with tech isn't completely implausible. Anyone who has ever seen the 1983 film War Games will know that, if you tell a computer with access to nuclear missles to play Global Thermonuclear War, it ain't just going to sit around playing Tic-Tac-Toe.
So for a change take a moment to step back and imagine you're Alan Turing, given a look at the future he helped to forge. Or be little Philae looking back at the tiny spec that is our planet. They'd both be thinking the same thing.
Wow. Isn't technology just amazing? I wonder what's next? µ
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