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The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gabriella Blum, Benjamin Wittes

Narrated By: Tom Weiner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2015

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the US government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesome effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies—from drones to computer networks and biological agents—that could be used to attack states and private citizens alike.

In The Future of Violence, law and security experts Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum detail the myriad possibilities, challenges, and enormous risks present in the modern world and argue that if our national governments can no longer adequately protect us from harm, they will lose their legitimacy. Consequently, governments, companies, and citizens must rethink their security efforts to protect lives and liberty. In this brave new world where many little brothers are as menacing as any Big Brother, safeguarding our liberty and privacy may require strong domestic and international surveillance and regulatory controls. Maintaining security in this world where anyone can attack anyone requires a global perspective, with more multinational forces and greater action to protect (and protect against) weaker states who do not yet have the capability to police their own people. Drawing on political thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to the Founders and beyond, Wittes and Blum show that, despite recent protestations to the contrary, security and liberty are mutually supportive, and we must embrace one to ensure the other.

The Future of Violence is at once an introduction to our emerging world—one in which students can print guns with 3-D printers and scientists’ manipulations of viruses can be recreated and unleashed by ordinary people—and an authoritative blueprint for how government must adapt in order to survive and protect us.

“Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum have written a compelling and provocative book about an important topic we have not adequately faced: managing catastrophic risk in a technologically advanced society. I strongly recommend this book even for people who will not agree with the authors’ conclusions.”—Bruce Schneier, author of Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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  • William Engel

    The first 10% of the book is a look at the future of violence. The remaining 90% is liberal academic blather on the evolution of the state circa Hobbs and Locke that strays light years from the subject of the book. I stayed with it in hopes the author would eventually bring it all together but that never happened.

Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat

by Gabriella Blum, Benjamin Wittes

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Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat, Gabriella Blum, Benjamin Wittes