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How real can fiction become?

It is interesting to see how fiction can affect our judgement or, at least, our opinions. Below, what you have is an excerpt (the first chapter) of a draft of a novel that I have come across and made me think a lot. Bear with me: read this entire article and then come back to this post. If nothing else, you may enjoy 4 minutes of literature.

Like I said, this is fiction. Just fiction. And yet it made me think. For example, we've seen lately plenty of movies and best seller books about zombies but I don't believe in zombies. I can assure you that zombies don't exist. 98.5% they don't.

In the same way, this novel is yet to be published, and likely won't be a best seller, but I tell you it is just a matter of time until a great novel with the same storyline breaks in the charts or until a movie using the same plot becomes a blockbuster. Moreover, if Kevin Spacey <insert your favorite actress/actor name here> plays on it. I can't imagine a more appealing screenplay for a writer than a story of an evil guy taking control of quotidian devices that we all are used to use without any risk.

So, here is my first thought. When this movie is released (because it is going to be), what would be the reaction of the audience? Will they start to fear their cars? Or actually, every connected device? Will they fear their cell phone? Their step-counter wristband? Their thermostat?

And as it relates to my work, my second thought is about the manufacturers of all those devices that are connected to the Internet. If you manufacture cars, medical devices, weather stations, geo-tracking systems, factory controllers or whatever product that multiplies its value because it is connected to the Internet, would you fight that trend of connecting them to the network? Would you stay behind in your Internet of Things strategy because your customers might raise a concern? Or would you rather be prepared to make sure that your Internet of Things strategy addresses the security concerns and also performs as designed, in real time and flawlessly? If the latter, we, at Akamai, have many things to share with you.

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Interesting take on a good question: To what extent does fear of change stifle innovation? I like the book "What Technology Wants" and it's take on this question: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Technology_Wants