I am iPredator and writing to introduce myself. You probably have not heard of me, but I was here long before you and will be here long after you are gone. Over the millennia, since the beginning, I have been given many names, reasons for existing and places of residence. You cannot see, hear, touch, taste or smell me. Nevertheless, I assure you, I am real. So real, I walk unfettered throughout the universe and amongst all humanity preferring to hide undetected and quiet. I do not require an abode because I reside in you. My home lies within your soul, mind and conscience. The question to be answered is if you will respond to my calling when I request your attention.
Dark Side of Cyberspace
Information Age Parable
I AM IPREDATOR
As I had predicted long ago, which will be true ad nauseum until end time, humanity has once again created a portal allowing my long awaited return. In a mere five decades, humanity has created the realm you call cyberspace. As you may know, cyberspace is defined as a global network of interdependent information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer data processing. How eloquent a definition for a realm that created a portal for me to visit.
ONLINE DECEPTION, CYBER ABUSE & EVIL
To me, cyberspace is nothing more than an abstract artificial universe connecting every human who enters and offering him or her the ability to effect and influence each other. Moreover, the last time I checked in 2012, approximately ⅓ of you are connected in cyberspace. The beauty of who I am, being an immortal and infinite construct is my capacity to practice pristine patience. Using basic mathematics and laws of probability, it is safe to say, within the next century that 100% of your kind will be active and dependent upon Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Just as a knife is used as both an implement for cutting and as a weapon, ICT is a tool serving the purpose to connect humanity to cyberspace. From this connection in cyberspace, a planetary digital thread connecting all humans is born. Having incredible patience, waiting another century is like a nanosecond from where I hail from.
When the 100% connected threshold is reached, it will be the first time in humanities existence, what you call a “global community,” that every surviving person will be able to obtain, exchange & disseminate information with each other. Not only is that a highly creative feat, but an attainable endeavor I did not think possible at your stage of evolutionary development. Not that I thought humanity was incapable of such an accomplishment, but I did not think your species was stupid enough to create this metaphorical connected thread in a virtual environment. Moreover, what is a virtual environment? Simply stated, a virtual environment is imitation or facsimile of reality that creates an illusion.
Information Age Warning & Parable
Virtual environments and virtual worlds are not “real” in the concrete sense or actual physical places. Your virtual world is nothing more than a series of electronic impulses passing through at least one digital device up to billions of them. Furthermore, even though your species knows this, you have become so enamored with ICT that you actually have defined your societal period as the Information Age & Information Revolution. Without sounding facetious, I think you should call it the Disconnected Age. Only humans could invent a technology with social media being a central theme that, instead of connecting humanity, has slowly fragmented and disconnected interpersonal relationships, families & communities.
Why any living organism would invent and become addicted to an artificial facsimile when they have the original is beyond me. But then again, I am not human. So how could I understand? Although I find your new dependency on ICT & cyberspace utterly ridiculous and short sighted, I support you 100%. For it is only in cyberspace that humans can legally deceive others without fear of consequences. Only in cyberspace, a 50-year-old man, who is severely disturbed, can create a “virtual identity” and enter chat rooms as a 15-year-old high school freshman looking to meet other young men and women to fraternize with. How wonderful is that and I give humanity a standing ovation.
“I thought I was the only one who could successfully cloak his identity, so others would feel completely at peace in my presence. I guess I am slowly succeeding in getting humanity to understand the multitude of benefits living life governed by deceptive practices. Thank God for the Information Age!” iPredator (2012)
When I think of how many times I have had to cloak my identity throughout history, I cannot even begin to tabulate the number of times and methods of deception used. If I were to offer a rough estimate, using a term from your dimension, I would have to say approximately a Zettabyte, give or take an Exabyte or two. If you are not familiar with the term, even though it applies to your addicted habits, it refers to a quantity of information or information storage capacity. Can you calculate, conceptualize or fathom the number 1021.
In fact, one of your largest and most respected techno-centric companies, Cisco, recently reported by 2016, global Internet traffic is expected to reach a staggering 1.3 zettabytes annually. They also predict 3.4 billion Internet users, or about 45% of the world’s projected population by 2016. They have called this time in your Information Age the Zettabyte Era.
If Cisco is correct, that is wonderful given I estimated a 100% connected threshold by 2113. Much faster growth than even I had predicted. How industrious humans can be is both impressive & remarkable. To help you understand using your present day 2013 technology, 1.3 Zettabytes is the equivalent of 38 million DVDs of information exchanged per hour.
It is easy to become perplexed thinking about those numbers, but the 100% connected threshold is a short distance from today and the mere thought of this time causes me to salivate with anticipation. Within cyberspace and the internet, there are no police, law enforcement entities, guardians or even archangels. Not that there is such an entity, but St. Michael the Warrior Prince & Archangel is nowhere to be found either. As I have stated above, “How wonderful is that and I give humanity a standing ovation.”
Within cyberspace and within you, I reside. Within each human, lying deep within his and her psyche is a place of darkness and malevolence. Unfortunately, most of your species are ignorant to this realm and even fewer act upon its calling and commands. Depending on your beliefs, you may call it evil, psychopathy or profound immorality. You may also place the nature of evil in four differing camps: Moral Absolutism, Amoralism, Moral Relativism and Moral Universalism. Whatever your definition is and how you describe how malevolence manifests, cyberspace is a realm where I can relax in peace and travel without worry of identification or apprehension. In addition, because I dwell in all of you and in cyberspace, I can see the fruits of my labor.
From a macroscopic perspective, a growing portion of humanity is becoming increasingly narcissistic, isolated, disconnected and divorced from reality due to your increasing compulsive dependency on ICT. Instead of using ICT for good and benevolent causes, many of you have chosen a nefarious and malevolent trajectory. As iPredator, I welcome your chosen path and will do my best to ensure you do not deviate or change your mind once you cross my bridge. I will always be waiting with open arms and a warm embrace welcoming you to my kingdom.
If you have not noticed, I have infiltrated the hearts and minds of many of your fellow citizens. Moreover, as always, I do not discriminate due to age, gender, race, religion or socioeconomic status. Although I will remain hidden, undetected and quiet, I have injected my will and venom inside 1000’s, and soon millions, of people worldwide. Just as my servant, cancer, knows how to metastasize, I have used cyberspace and ICT as devices for transport to spread from one part of your mind to another, from one person to another and from one community to another.
My home lies within your soul, mind and conscience. And thanks to ICT, the internet and cyberspace, my capacity to spread hatred, harm and disdain for ones fellow man has accelerated exponentially. Within the real universe, the majority of space is desolate, cold and void of life. As dark as that may sound, it is nature and not filled with anything nefarious. Within cyberspace, and because it is man made and uncharted it is teaming with people filled with malice, deviance and what you call evil.
My true work of art is how I have been successful in persuading “kind hearted” people to engage in harmful online activities cloaked by moral turpitude, religious conviction & self-righteousness. This growing segment is ignorant to their actions because they truly believe it is either the right thing to do or the last option. In fact, both segments, whether motivated by criminal or deviant drives or righteous indignation, are easily swayed into practicing Cyberstealth.
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. John Milton Paradise Lost (1667)
Cyberstealth is an Information Age method and/or strategy by which criminals, deviants, severely disturbed and the misguided use ICT to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they troll, stalk and attack their target. Given the Internet inherently affords everyone anonymity, Cyberstealth ranges from negligible to highly complex and multi-faceted. The rationale for using “stealth” in the suffix of this term, serves to remind you the primary intent fueling those that seek to harm others using ICT.
This intent is to hide their identity by designing false online profiles, identities, covert tactics and methods to ensure their identities remain concealed reducing their probability of identification, apprehension and punishment. Therefore, as the Internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity if they decide, many actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable. Cyberstealth is a covert method allowing them to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they engage in ICT activities planning their next assault, investigating innovative surveillance technologies or researching the social profiles of their next target.
Not all humans use Cyberstealth nor attempt to cloak or hide their identities. Many actively exhibit their identity, because for them, they are driven by martyrdom, a need for recognition, peer acceptance or deep-seated inadequacies. What better cocktail of perceived low self-worth than a person driven to assault others motivated by inadequacy. If you cannot tell, I am quite excited to have been invited back to your dimension. Especially since it looks as if a greater number of people are using ICT for reasons other than what it was intended to accomplish.
As it is not hard to undo the damage that has been done by the misuse and prostitution of ICT, I remain confident humanity will sustain its self-destructive trajectory. All that is required now to seal humanities fate in dark psychological spheres is a national tragedy caused by a cyber-terrorism attack. All any nation requires to attack and destroy another nation is a reason. A cyber terrorist attack would accomplish this goal and inevitably lead to a global military engagement.
As I could go on for pages writing about my hopes for humanity and its demise and without going into a long diatribe, I present for you brief definitions of iPredator, iPredator Bridge and Dark Psychology. All three concepts are easily understood, easily confronted and capable of being thwarted. Fortunately, humanity is not likely to heed my warnings until many people have been devastated and a war spawned by cyber terrorist attacks ensues. I yearn for that day.
Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon other people motivated by criminal and/or deviant drives that lack purpose and general assumptions of instinctual drives and social sciences theory. All of humanity has this potential to victimize other humans and living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses.
Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings, perceptions and subjective processing systems that lead to predatory behavior that is antithetical to contemporary understandings of human behavior. Dark Psychology assumes that criminal, deviant and abusive behaviors are purposive and have some rational, goal- oriented motivation 99% of the time. It is the remaining 1%, Dark Psychology parts from Adlerian theory and the Teleological Approach. Dark Psychology postulates there is a region within the human psyche that enables some people to commit atrocious acts without purpose. In this theory, it has been coined the Dark Singularity.
iPredator | Dark Side of Cyberspace
COMFORT THE VICTIMS, EDUCATE THE IGNORANT
CONQUER THE CORRUPT!
Dark Psychology posits that all humanity has a reservoir of malevolent intent towards others ranging from minimally obtrusive and fleeting thoughts to pure psychopathic deviant behaviors without any cohesive rationality. This is called the Dark Continuum. Mitigating factors acting as accelerants and/or attractants to approaching the Dark Singularity, and where a person’s heinous actions fall on the Dark Continuum, is what Dark Psychology calls Dark Factor.
Dark Psychology encompasses all that makes us who we are in relationship to our dark side. All cultures, all faiths and all humanity have this proverbial cancer. From the moment we are born to the time of death, there is a side lurking within us all that some have called evil and others have defined as criminal, deviant, and pathological. Dark Psychology introduces a third philosophical construct that views these behaviors different from religious dogmas and contemporary social sciences theories.
“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.” Alfred Adler (1870–1937)
Dark Psychology assumes there are people who commit these same acts and do so not for power, money, sex, retribution or any other known purpose. They commit these horrid acts without a goal. Simplified, their ends do not justify their means. There are people who violate and injure others for the sake of doing so. Within in all of us is this potential. A potential to harm others without cause, explanation, or purpose is the area this writer explores. Dark Psychology assumes this dark potential is incredibly complex and even more difficult to define.
Dark Psychology posits we all have the potential for predator behaviors and this potential has access to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. As you will read throughout this manuscript, we all have this potential, but only a few of us acts upon them. All of us have had thoughts and feelings at one time or another of wanting to behave in a brutal manner. We all have had thoughts of wanting to hurt others severely without mercy. If you are honest with yourself, you will have to agree we all have had thoughts and feeling of wanting to commit heinous acts.
“Dark Psychology is both the study of criminal & deviant behavior and a conceptual framework for deciphering the potential for evil within all human beings.” Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C. (2009)
iPredator: A child, adult, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage.
iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cyber criminal, online sexual predator, internet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:
I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. II. The intermittent to frequent usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to obtain, exchange and deliver harmful information. III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.
Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an abstract electronic universe.
Although it is assumed all humanity, has residing deep in their psyche, the potential & Dark Psychology for behaving in harmful and malevolent ways they rarely or never activate, ICT and cyberspace offers a direct connection and psychological route to the dark side. Just as ICT and cyberspace is incredibly pro-social and beneficial to humanity, these same technological advancements can lead humanity to diabolical and sinister endeavors.
iPredator Bridge: iPredator Bridge is a theoretical tenet of iPredator representing the psychological, perceptual & behavioral trajectory of people who use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to harm others. Similar to the iPredator, they are motivated by personal convictions, greed, power, control, narcissism or psychopathology. Different from the iPredator, they have yet to fully engage in criminal/deviant activities using ICT or use complex perceptual distortions to validate the harm they cause. iPredator Bridge investigates why some people draw near to this nefarious and malevolent realm and either proceed in their maladaptive trajectory or cease and desist.
The iPredator Bridge is a symbolic representation of the approach, route and initial crossing into the realm of the iPredator. In a rudimentary and abstract way, it is posited that cyberspace, ICT and all future technological advancements, related to information technology, is an extension of the mind and the instinctual drives of the collective brain to replicate itself outside a human organism. Related to this postulate are the theoretical tenets of Carl Jung (1875-1961) and his construct of the Collective Unconscious.
IPREDATOR WELCOMES THOSE WHO CROSS THE BRIDGE
“The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious… We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual.” (Carl Jung – The Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche)
Given that humanity is at the beginning of the Information Age, the motivating factors that lead some people to cross over into engaging in asocial behaviors using ICT cannot be explained. The concept of iPredator and iPredator Bridge construct assumes that ICT has unknown effects upon the mind and influence some to engage in destructive and self-destructive patterns.
The creation of ICT and cyberspace is equivalent to the philosophical and psychological societal awe that was created when an astronaut took his first step upon the moon. Just as Neil Armstrong (8/5/30 – 8/25/12) stepped into a new celestial territory, humanity is doing the same here on Earth. This new territory is the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace.
ICT and the Information Age have created a new dimension leading to an entirely new population of humanity engaged in malevolent, harmful and deceptive practices. ICT and cyberspace are not tools used by the sociopath, deviant, narcissist or classic criminal, but part of a new generation that will be permanent fixtures to humanity for centuries to follow.