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In recent history, the term "_Hacker_" most often leaves people with the impression of "_evil_" in their minds. A recent article published by Wired Magazine outlines the public's view of the hacker and how the name "_conjures up images of some basement-dwelling, pimply geek who gets off on trying to hack the Pentagon_, "as writer Richard Kastelein humorously states. In the article, he reminds us that we have cherished the idea that these individuals do nothing but mess with the computers of "_ordinary people_" while "_making a misery of our lives as we battle spam, malware, Trojans, and other forms of time-wasting and spending money hand over fist getting things back to normal._"
Kastelein shares some important insight that "_the idea of hacking and hackers is changing_" and how the "_ethical hacker_" has become a new breed of "_alchemist of the 21st century_" by saying, "_Hackers speak many languages, but in principle what makes them alchemists — is they all speak the mysterious language of code. Forget Esperanto… code is the lingo that essentially is binding us all into one universal binary language._"
According to his Wired article, Kastelein says that they are becoming "_the new elite, the solvers of some of societies largest issues and are cutting apps that are fundamentally changing the way we evolve and live today._"
Read more of Richard Kastelein's insights here in the full Wired article.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 16, 2014