In the words of Mark Twain, there’s a technical lesson in every technical book, lesson one being that “no matter how good you are, the world will eventually come to you.”
In this case, that lesson is that the world does not come to people.
In fact, it will come to some people, but not to others.
“It is important to note that technical difficulties, when they arise, are generally not the result of bad engineering, but of bad people,” the American physicist Richard Feynman wrote.
“The problem is the lack of understanding of the nature of human thinking.”
And that’s what’s so baffling about the UK’s new government.
It seems to think that when it comes to how people are going to work together, they should be a bit more technical than that.
In a report on the technical challenges facing the UK, it says that the government is “committed to the growth of the internet, including the development of a fully integrated, interoperable, and fully open, digital infrastructure”.
The government is also planning to roll out an “Internet of Things” (IoT) to give all of us a bit of extra connectivity, but it seems to have forgotten that it’s also going to need to figure out how to make sure the IoT can also work with the internet.
The report says that a range of problems will need to be solved to ensure that the IoT will be “commercially viable”.
“This will include addressing interoperability and the sharing of data, while ensuring that the devices are able to operate seamlessly together and that devices and services can communicate with each other and the internet,” the report says.
“These challenges require the development and deployment of a range for the IoT, including interoperability, data and communications, security and privacy, and the management of this ecosystem.”
What is the problem?
The problems are the same as in the US, and they stem from the way that the internet has been developed.
There are three main issues.
Firstly, the internet is currently a network of thousands of different computers all communicating over a global network.
This means that if you can’t make the right connections, you can be left in the dark.
Secondly, there are very few of these computers, so the internet’s connectivity can be quite bad.
The third problem is that as computers get bigger, they start to become more and more difficult to connect to.
And finally, because the internet was built to be a network, there is a fundamental limitation that means that even the smallest devices will be able to interfere with each others’ connectivity.
“We know that it is not possible to build a single system that would be capable of providing a complete set of connectivity to the entire internet, which would mean that the network is fundamentally insecure,” the government’s report says, adding that the UK will have to work hard to improve connectivity to “the point where the network becomes commercially viable”.
The problems don’t stop there.
“As we continue to build this network, we will need a system to handle the traffic of individual devices and their applications, which will require us to develop new tools and techniques to ensure robust connectivity to these devices,” the document says.
The problems do not stop there, either.
The government has plans to develop a “internet of things” and this will require a whole new set of tools and technologies.
It also says that it will need the ability to monitor “the behaviour of individual networks and devices, and to determine whether there is any connectivity issue that can be resolved by the network”.
But the report also says the government needs to “take account of the implications for the security and resilience of the network, as well as the need to consider the costs and benefits of these initiatives”.
Why the government has failed so badly The report is by no means a comprehensive look at how to tackle the internet of things and IoT.
The UK’s government has made the decision to invest £2bn in the internet-connected car, and it’s doing so in an attempt to boost its reputation.
This is not to say that it can’t be an interesting time for internet technology.
However, as the government makes the same mistakes with the IoT that the US has made with the web, it’s likely that we’re going to see more people lose control over their own lives.
The real problem is not that the technology isn’t working, but that the people involved don’t understand the risks involved.
“This government is going to have to be very careful in the future, because if it doesn’t understand that the risks of its decision are really real, then it is really going to end up with a very, very bad decision,” the former head of the UK government’s Digital Transformation Strategy, David Anderson, said in September.
“In a few years, the UK could end up being the country where the internet fails, because we have not built enough of a infrastructure.”
If we want to avoid this