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The Hiroshima Virus: A Short Story of Science and Society

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It was 100 years to the date of Japanese surrender after the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   One might consider the atomic bomb to be a zero day exploit, as no one else had really known.  But even if at the time it had been more widely known, there was no protection.  Such was the Hiroshima Virus, in which some think it was a Japanese hacker, others say China in trying to make Japan look bad, and most not knowing at all as the roads, the lights, and the net were dark, and over 1,200,000 are dead, ten times the murders of the “bomb”.

It was a simple plan that destroyed much of the United States.  Similar to how the terrorists in 2001 had an elegant demoncy when they took out 2 buildings with airplanes, the hacker, whomever it was, found the glitch and “security hole” in the self driving cars on the road.  All that the virus had to do was to fatally crash every single car on the road.  Even 30 years earlier it was estimated that an average of 1,878,3072 were on the road at one time in the U.S.  And thus it was easy for the sociopath to kill over a million humans with a stroke of code.  And with the roads clogged of crashed vehicles, not a single ambulance could get out, and even if they could, the hospitals couldn’t handle the bloodshed.  Further, the Hiroshima virus ingeniously had cars crash into power poles and communication equipment, so the lights and net were also dead.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics as applied to the “Internet of Things” had come to fruition, where the unintended consequence of what Google started, was now at an end.

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Written by Jacob Walker

August 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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