James (robojames) wrote in tgwnrf,


It's a frightening revelation: viruses have spread to cell phones. Apparently, some white-hat hackers have developed a virus that spreads via cell phones. Most mainstream media outlets seem to be primarily concerned with the security of mobile phones and the mobile phone industry.

But what I find more intriguing is that it uses Bluetooth; a wireless technology with a range of about 30 ft. According to the article, the virus scans the area for other Bluetooth-enabled devices and propagates to them. Am I the only person who finds this highly disturbing in a William Gibson/Phillip K. Dick sort of way? An electronic virus that propogates through the air like a biological virus? It's disturbing when technology takes on the characteristics of biological life, especially when it's a virus taking on the characteristics of a biological virus.

How long before someone a virus (or something) that we can't control? Is it too late?

"Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; obey!"
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