Back in the day an ingenious man strolled about with huge important plans. He wanted to make life easier by offering technology, but the road wasn’t paved with gold. After some struggle he stated something incredible smart: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it“. Guess what? His name was Henry Ford. Little did he know that he would set the tone for ages to come.
Every since Henry’s days we’ve seen a steady use of new technology to make cars safer. For instance, Lane Keeping Assist, traction control, safer locks and tire air pressure control – just to name a few. Cars have become so smart that they even call the emergency line if you crash. Now, isn’t that smart?
We’ve also seen great advancement in telesurgery and telemedicine since Henry’s days. A surgeon may perform surgery on a patient even though they are not physically in the same location. Now, isn’t that smart?
All of this is simply put smart. But being smart comes with a price. Being smart is much like having a high IQ while strolling about buff naked. Everybody knows you are smart, but at the same time lacking something vital to complete the picture.
To explain it further, let’s ask ourselves this question: What has the automotive industry in common with telesurgery and telemedicine? They’re all spearheading the use of new and exciting technology to solve problems to provide smartness. It’s way too hard to come up with solutions to all side problems related to the original problem, that’s where the nakedness comes in. To illustrate further, with any advancement in technology there are people waiting to rip it apart to find out how it works, and to find out how much they can push the technology to its limit. They’ll shred you buff naked if you let them.
Don’t believe me? This year we’ve seen numerous reports on cars being hacked. We’ve seen researches hacking braking systems, door locks and in general pwn cars. In telemedicine and telesurgery we’ve seen that is possible to mess with pacemakers and remote surgery equipment. Based on that, people are surely just waiting to get their hands on new technology to tear it naked. And, that’s a good thing.
It’s a good thing because on how spearheading works. Spearheading is to solve problems, be it imaginary or real life problems, by utilizing existing technology or to develop a completely new products. It boils down to solving a single problem. When a working model has been developed, it is time to fill the gaps that may exist. It’s much like listening to people saying: hey, put on some trousers! People waiting to rip the technology apart will stand in line to help you out offering panties, sweaters and more. Some will even argue about the color of your clothes if they don’t match. Creating the working model is just the first step in making the product perfect before use. In a perfect world hackers, researchers and tinkerers would be let in on the project somewhere along the production line to have their say. In reality, there’s always a deadline to reach for – but damn it, put at least some clothes on. That’ll for sure complete the picture of your product.
Back to Mr. Henry Ford and his statement. You can not expect new technology to be perfect on release day. Any technology takes time to mature. You will take off against the wind and you’ll notice on the first flight that parts may squeak a little. Just remember before next flight to fix those parts. Perhaps you should listen to what others have to say, also?
Imagine how hard it would be to develop technology that solves any problem in the world! Security researchers are good at introducing new problems. Engineers and techies are good at fixing them. Let’s work together!
Let me close this last post of the year with a inspiring picture: