Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS From cryptocurrencies, to artificial intelligence, to the rise of millennials, a top-secret document by Canada’s spy agency explores the so-called “mega trends” on its radar and details how they will transform the economy, society and security. The evolution of these trends – set to play out over the next five to 15 years – will unlock new opportunities and new threats, said the recently released document prepared for Michel Coulombe, who was director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service at the time.
The draft discussion paper was created ahead of Coulombe’s participation at a November 2016 deputy ministers’ committee meeting on national security. advertisement In the briefing, CSIS officials shared their insights on cyber security and privacy, the economy’s evolution toward knowledge-based sectors, the arrival of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, the emergence of the millennial generation, encryption and the advance of quantum technologies.
“Each of these trends bring promise and challenge,” said the paper, which was labelled “top secret.” “The rate and impact of technological advances and interactions are often misunderstood or underestimated.
Organizations – faced with time, money and people constraints – will struggle to make effective planning and investment decisions.” It warned that significant and sustained leadership, innovation, partnerships and investments will be necessary to deal with the complexity and accelerated pace of these changes. Read more from theglobeandmail.com…
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