Kenneth J Hamer-Hodges FIEE

Ken led the design of the object-oriented machine code for hardened, reliable PP250 software. He has studied successful solutions to cybersecurity his whole career. His book, 'Civilizing Cyberspace; The Fight for Digital Democracy' puts it all together in context. The present situation is critical, cybercrime is out of control. As an independent consultant in South Florida, he is focused on secure software for mobile communication. Ken graduated in the UK, developed the first Capability Based Computer (PP250), became a Charted Engineer, and was awarded a Fellowship of the IEE (London). An invitation speaker at conferences on Operating Systems and Communications, he partnered on a dozen patents developing Object-Oriented software for high-reliability systems while working in UK, USA, Germany, and Belgium.

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Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and other global titans, bring computer science to a crossroads. The present path that tolerates crime only leads to cyber dictators, but the scientific alternative in the work of Alonzo Church protects society by leveling the mathematical playing field as a crime-free digital democracy. A cyber society that detects and prevents cybercrime on the spot and empowers every individual citizen with their own private data. This downhill road is driven by backward-compatible computers and monolithic software. It only leads to undetected crimes and dictatorial rules. These computers use a WWII architecture with Cold War security monitors that fail to keep pace with malware and hacking now powered by AI software.

As the 21st Century software applications expand into every corner of society, AI and malware get smarter, crimes more challenging with unexpected consequences caused by AI-empowered remote hackers located across the world. The result is catastrophes with prolonged national consequences. Hilary Clinton's election hack started with a single rogue email and still reverberates through society and government. While the grounded Boeing 737 Max was so dominated by bad automation that the crew and all the passengers died in a vertical dive. Reapproval to fly will terrify the traveling public.  As the nation is endlessly virtualized by poor-quality, unreliable, infectious software the range and scope of such disasters will grow, costs will multiply, and failures will rise because software quality drops as the unenforced structural complexity mounts.

General-Purpose Computers are stuck in the past. They limit progress, prevent complete testing, lack any reinforced structure and hide crimes. The poor quality of the software is too unreliable to support the conflicted global world. Unprosecuted crimes destroy progress, undermine laws, create disorder, and lead to war. Despite frequent patching and regular upgrades, crimes, corruption, theft, and conflict grow at a faster pace with ever-expanding consequences. The dark side of General-Purpose Computers Science is digital crimes and remote hacking. It must be tamed, but antiquated hardware cannot be fixed, even by the latest software. Ever smarter software is first experienced as an unexpected, undetected attack or as more potent malware. Indeed, the unguarded hardware in von Neumann's timesharing architecture is the existential threat to national progress. Computer science must return to the Church-Turing Thesis to survive in Life 3.0 or AI breakout will enslave the world.