By networking everything, we are making awesome things possible. I mean awesome in the sense of inspiring awe; much of the potential is also awful. The empowering nature of technology, particularly its tendency to become faster, cheaper, and simpler over time, means that destructive capabilities are being pushed down to small nations, corporations, organizations, and even individuals.
In his latest book, Bruce Schneier tries to sort out the risks, precautions, and likely effects of this situation.
I came across this book when looking for a more practical follow-up to Applied Cryptography. (Being a web developer, my interests are focused around Internet security.) I believe Amazon recommended it to me, and I was convinced by the pedigree of the publisher (No Starch Press) and the credentials of the author (Daniel Zalewski).
Zalewski seemed to anticipate my concerns specifically, and addressed them in his introduction:
In any case, through the remainder of the book, I will shy away from attempts to establish or reuse any of the aforementioned grand philosophical frameworks and settle for a healthy does of anti-intellectualism instead.