Following hard on the point I made in the tail-end of my previous posting, it is a fact that there are some very bright individuals who don’t get caught up in the multinational corporations’ milk runs at universities . . . and are not recruited by them — or by governments. They are cats who walk alone or are so multifariously gifted that they don’t know what to settle down to until their frontal lobes are pretty fully developed by the age of 30.
It is also a fact that these days, besides those bright sparks who are creating a constant supply of brand new psychedelic drugs (from an almost infinitely large potential of organic biochemicals), sold in bright attractive packets to many silly young people everywhere in the advanced countries, there are other bright sparks who educate themselves and their friends to a high degree in the arts of digital communications. Some of them start internet businesses and make fortunes, others are so entertained by the new discipline that they explore the internet deeply with the same intrepid sense of adventure as Dr Livingstone.
Others become lone hackers but others join together in groups, even maintaining anonymity from one another, such as some of those who helped to develop the brilliant block-chain technology of Bitcoin — which, incidentally (the technology, not the coin), many large firms, are now taking seriously, particularly banks because, if they’re not very careful, they could be driven right out of existence by new financial firms and procedures.
As far as I can tell (which is very little, but probably accurately) there has been no anonymous group of deep operatives so far which has decided to act against governments. From one can judge, some of them could do. A few groups have probably made a lot of money for themselves by raiding banks but we will never know who they are, or how many heists there have been, because banks never admit to white collar crime for fear of damaging the value of their shares. In a world of astronomical amounts of money printed by governments in the hope of beating the inflexible laws of economics, we will never know just how much money has been stolen, or how much is likely to be, in the future.
To get to my point — which I originally intended to do very briefly — governments, sans quantum computing, ought to be worried — very worried indeed. Despite not having the proportionate numbers of bright employees as they used to have (particularly necessary in their secret services) governments will have enough among them to have given them full warning of their vulnerability to rogue groups which may attack them just for the hell of it.