Reader Question: Diverting the Tsunami?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Carter asks: Since newer cars can be programmed to respond in certain ways – as your 3/29 article points out – that means that there is some mechanism by which the programming is accomplished, some input mechanism and some programming language (not COBOL, I’m sure) which is used. I haven’t seen any post discussing the ability of owners to do their own programming – what device(s) may be used, the specific command language used to program the systems, etc. That would make for a very helpful article. What government (or industry) coders accomplish, let owner-hackers set asunder.

My reply: My fear is that these cars will be in constant communication with the Hive – the corporate/government nexus – and that any “tampering” will be detected immediately and result in the usual Hut! Hut! Hutting! 

For example, even if you can figure out how to override a programmed-in speed compliance system, if the car exceeds the posted limit, that will be detected by the panopticon being erected. Your specific car will be identified as the one doing the “speeding”- and the Hut! Hut! Huttting! will then be sent your way.

The only way this will be stopped is by stopping it.  Not by end-running it. There will need to be a popular rising, some pushback. It happened in the past when there were legislative forays made to ban all cars made before the advent of modern saaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety and emissions controls. That was beaten back.

The same is necessary, here – and now.

Else, we are Doomed.

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