Global Experts Warn of Imminent Catastrophic Event – Far Worse Than a Virus
The world is still recovering from the catastrophic event that struck in 2020. But experts warn that there’s something coming,
The world is still recovering from the catastrophic event that struck in 2020.
But experts warn that there’s something coming, something far worse than a virus.
A World Economic Forum report released this week reveals that business leaders are expecting doom, and it’s not far off.
Leaders in Davos called for a global response to the gathering “cyber storm.”
Catastrophic Event Around the Corner? WEF Calls it ‘The Most Striking Finding that We’ve Found’
Humans have been predicting the end of the world for as long as there have been humans.
Entire civilizations were built around the premise that the end of the world was coming, and they had to structure their society to prepare for it.
So doomsaying isn’t exactly breaking news, but the WEF’s report is something new entirely, and it’s terrifying.
Humanity has always been bad at focusing on the future – beyond the end of the world – and planning for longevity.
But the future seems grimmer than ever as we increase our reliance on technology and create more powerful and destructive weapons by the year.
While most people are still focused on the mutation of a physical virus after the disruption of the past three years, there’s something else people should be focused on: technology.
Popular Mechanics reports, “The 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, has filled us with lots of uplifting predictions, like how companies will soon decode our brain waves. The latest warns of a global catastrophic cyber event in the very near future.
‘The most striking finding that we’ve found,’ WEF managing director Jeremy Jurgens said during a presentation highlighting the WEF Global Security Outlook Report 2023, ‘is that 93 percent of cyber leaders, and 86 percent of cyber business leaders, believe that the geopolitical instability makes a catastrophic cyber event likely in the next two years. This far exceeds anything that we’ve see in previous surveys.’
Add in the extreme unpredictability of these events—Jurgens cited a cyberattack recently aimed at shutting down Ukranian military abilities that unexpectedly also closed off parts of electricity production across Europe—and the global challenges are only growing.
‘This is a global threat,’ Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General of Interpol, said during the presentation. ‘It calls for a global response and enhanced and coordinated action.’ He said the increased profits that the multiple bad “actors” reap from cybercrime should encourage world leaders to work together to make it a priority as they face ‘new sophisticated tools.’”
Albania Provides Roadmap to Avert Catastrophic Event
But there may be a roadmap to preventing the worst.
Albania was recently struck with a massive cyberattack that has the government brainstorming solutions, and forming plans.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke during a recent problem-solving presentation, saying that the growth of the cybercrime industry (from $3 trillion in 2015 to a roughly $10.5 trillion expected in 2025) means that if cybercrime was a state, it would be the third largest global economy after the U.S. and China.
Rama cited the stuttered and ineffective response to the COVID-19 pandemic when explaining that a cybersecurity attack on a massive scale would be much, much worse; “Let’s imagine an exponential multitude of viruses that mutate everyday exponentially while not threatening our body, but the bodies we live in, our organizations, our countries, our system, then, you know, it could be just apocalypse. It’s about viruses that can not only block our way of living, but can control it and deviate it.”
WEF’s prediction joins a long line of warnings from technology experts who point to AI as the next greatest threat to humanity.
And we already know the dangers of viruses and climate control raging out of control – or at least, most people do by now.
But whether you believe the world’s greatest challenge comes from an unshackled robot intelligence or a cybersecurity ring with ill intentions, it’s clear that technology is the danger we continue to ignore at our own peril.