Heartbleed. If you don’t already know about this security breach, read about it right now. It is extremely serious. I’m almost at the point of cutting all online stuff like banking and shopping out of my life because of the most recent online security breaches.
Anyway, while Heartbleed is extremely serious and people shouldn’t do things like this, it is never going away. As we will always have criminals, we will always have hackers.
The problem I see here – and that scares me the most – is the amount of people going into this field. Now I’m not an expert; this is merely speculation on the situation. We aren’t producing enough superheroes to counteract the villans. And the villans that are produced, find it more profitable to be a villan than a superhero. What am I saying? Society as a whole cares more about using technology and falling in love with it rather than figuring out how the hell it all works. We love all of the shit technology allows us to do now that we could never do before. We
hate often claim to not understand all the processes involved in today’s technology, which bores us to death because we don’t see the beauty in it. We care more about the result than how we got there. Because of this mentality, we cannot fend off the villans. And those who do see the beauty in this field, find ways to take advantage of everyone else simply because of power. If you and another person are given the same exact tool with the same exact functions, and you don’t know how to use said tool, that person automatically has power over you. Sad, but true.
This is one reason why I’m an advocate for STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. For anyone who truly knows me, knows my deep appreciation for the arts (especially music), my love of poems and other humanity subjects. I’m not one of those “I’m a scientist and I only believe in science fueling the world”. While this is true on the extreme basic level, humans run best on diversity in all areas.
I push STEM because we need this. If we don’t focus and get people interested, we will kill ourselves out in no time. I honestly believe that. Fundamental science and the like are such an integral part of society. So freaking important that people forget that without science we wouldn’t be where we are today. And like any freaking thing, we need to keep refueling – when your car runs out of gas, fill it; when you run out of food, go to the store; battery dies, charge it; employee leaves, refill the position. WE CAN’T CONTINUE TO PROGRESS IF THERE’S NOTHING LEFT. I know that’s harsh, but sometimes the truth hurts. We can’t fight off these villans if there are no heroes. (Well, anyone can be a hero.)
I’m not saying drop what you’re doing right now and jump to the nearest CompSci book or course (would be helpful). I’m saying don’t shut it out. Don’t think that you can’t do it. I can do it. You can do it. We can all do it.
I was told in middle school that I “wasn’t smart enough anymore to continue in the advanced math classes”. Had I believed that bullshit, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today. I believed that I could do it. In less than three weeks, a piece of paper will prove that I did it. I graduated from college with a Bachelor Of Science (not arts, science) in Physics with a minor in math.
Don’t let anyone – including yourself – tell you that you can’t do it. Encourage others that they, in fact, can also do it. Just try. And the best part about this is that it can be applied to anything! Whether it be academic studies, personal enrichments or helping people. If you think you can, you can.
Hopefully, one day we can produce more superheroes than villans.