It was recently reported that a millionaire British business man was jailed for selling bogus bomb detectors. The dectors were in fact golf ball finders costing £13 each, and then resold to the Iraq Government for £26,000 each. The conman claimed the detectors could find substances from airborne planes mile in the air, underwater, underground and through walls. All wild claims that it turned out were indeed too good to be true.
Sometimes the faith we put into technology can be worrying. As technology begins to solve increasingly sophisticated problems it's hard for us to tell which new claims are authentic and which are bogus. Our desire for solutions can often lead us to 'believe things into reality', and once that president has been set it's hard to turn back again. Part of me believes that advances in technology are going to be a major part of the solution to our growing problems, but part of me believes the more relient we become on systems, grids and data the more at major risk we'll be from a blind faith in things we want/need to be true.