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Google's choice of Android as a brand name for its mobile platform is interesting and suggestive. Throughout fiction, androids — created beings that look more or less like humans — have been used as vehicles for strong, cautionary stories, highlighting some of the aspects of being human that can cause trouble if things go out of balance. In particular, powerful entities promising not to do evil can be particularly dangerous if they can't — or don't — stick to their word.
The following pages feature seven of fiction's most arresting androids — and the lessons their fables have for modern enterprise IT.
One of the very first androids in legend, the Golem was a clay man brought to life by Rabbi Loew of Prague, to defend the Jews against attacks. Powerful and utterly obedient, it always did exactly what it was told — and in so doing, wreaked havoc. In some versions of the story, it becomes unco-operative and turns on its maker.
Your security systems have the potential to do you great damage — even if they're working perfectly — if you command them badly. What can protect you from harm can also prevent you from doing what you need to do — so remember, usability and functionality are as important as the ability to spot and block attacks. Also, make sure you know where the off switch is.