CAN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES BE A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY?
  • Mar 3, 2019
  • Arshdeep Kaur Sidhu
  • Rank 27 in Group III : Education
Category I : Emerging Technologies

 

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CAN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES BE A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY?

CAN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES BE A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY?



Google has introduced new mapping technologies in an effort to reassure its position as a market leader using artificial intelligence(AI). Recently, Google Maps unveiled new mapping technology that includes 700 trillion pixels. The 3D technology makes for aerial views that have never been seen before.



But the idea of mapping such precision poses peculiar problems:



Who owns this data? What about surveillance in commercial or institutional spaces? Or prohibited areas that link to National security?



This is the domain of mapping that has never been tackled in a successful way. Perhaps people’s desire for privacy will override their desire for the convenience of digital services.



One of Taiwan’s top-secret military bases has just been exposed to the public in the latest update to Google Earth’s 3D maps. The images which can be seen in full three-dimensional detail, shows a building where it stores the country’s Patriot missiles and Taiwan’s’ National Security Bureau (source : the South China Morning Post). Taiwanese officials had been working to blur specific locations on the new maps but they clearly failed. Officials are now taking extra precautions to conceal their bases by improved camouflaging.



 



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image source: google earth



 



There are always some places available in the world that are so classified that even we can not see them on open source maps or the one leading google maps.




  •  Moruroa, French Polynesia - Among the French Polynesian islands scattered in the South Pacific is an atoll called Moruroa, parts of the island are visible on Google Maps, while others are really quite blurred; making it impossible to figure out what may be hiding beneath. France conducted more than 170 nuclear weapons tests near Mururoa between 1966 and 1996 – could this be the reason for the blackout?



 




  • Taipei, Taiwan – The Republic of China Air Force in the Daan District of Taiwan’s Taipei is suspiciously shaded differently to surrounding areas, leaving us to assume this view has been replaced with a doctored image.



 




  • Warsaw, Poland - Similar to the Republic of China Air Force facility in Taipei, this area in the Polish capital is strangely coloured.The site is offices of the Military Property Agency and the Military Technical Supervision Office.



 




  • Utrecht, Netherlands - In Holland there is a house that is mysteriously pixelated on a road in the city of Utrecht. The roof is blurred, which is very noticeable when compared ot the other houses in the terrace.





In conclusion, it is very skeptical to say that whether such technology can be trusted blindly as mere pixels can foreshadow the security of a whole wide nation. Intelligentsia recommends to be mindful regarding implementing and granting permissions to such automations. Employment of advanced mechanics surely brings advancement but parallelly unveils unforseen threats and difficulties.



 



 

Arshdeep Kaur Sidhu
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