We have peaceful uses and evil uses of nuclear technology. We can use nuclear technology to light up the world or to see the world go up in flames. Nuclear technology has yielded weapons of choice for many countries to use as deterrents to an all-out war from another country, and perhaps as last resort weapons when nothing else can be used to resolve aggression. The world now has new technology—the Internet in conjunction with mobile phone technology, whose power, in some ways, far exceeds that of nuclear technology. This technology can help turn lights on, archive information, inform, educate, discuss, research, share, entertain, network professionally and personally; it has also become the principal means for economic, social and political change. The computer is no more a place for storing data, it is the hub of all communications 24/7; it is a place where people get together to engage in just about every kind of behavior.
Unfortunately, the Internet and mobile phone technologies are fast becoming weapons of choice. They are being used for “flash-mobbing,” “flash-robbing,” spreading rumors, waging endless e-mail battles, moving money to personal accounts from another person’s account, hacking private organizations and government for secured information, and hatching evil plans. It only takes a lone ranger sitting anywhere, with only an inexpensive Notebook, to cause losses to millions of people around the world. A few people have effectively used the Internet and mobile phone technology to psychologically terrorize the world. One can hardly make the case that the world, with all the developments in science, technology, increased literacy, and social sciences, is increasingly becoming an enjoyable place to live.