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Re: Human Contact
  • 7/24/2014 10:12:14 AM
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SaneIT writes


@Lyndon_Henry, I know that was sarcasm, but it as in 1984 it doesn't have to be "real" war either, the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on obesity all work for this.  As long as you can tell people that monitoring their behavior is good for them you have an audience that won't say no.


 

Sarcasm? No, more like irony. War in the MidEast, drumbeats for war in eastern Europe, increasing flareups in eastern Asia/Pacific Rim ... 

Back here in the "Homeland", it seems to mean more shaving away of freedom and privacy for our "protection". And, unfortunately, the "dark side" of analytics and big data is being brought to bear to achieve this...

Oh, and let's not forget the "assault" being carried out by hordes of undocumented immigrant children from deep Central America...

I was fantasizing about a 2084 update to Orwell's book, but that's probably way too late; it's coming sooner than that...

 

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/15/2014 5:07:13 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry, I know that was sarcasm, but it as in 1984 it doesn't have to be "real" war either, the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on obesity all work for this.  As long as you can tell people that monitoring their behavior is good for them you have an audience that won't say no.

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/15/2014 9:31:42 AM
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@SaneIT -- I can imagine the temptation, though, of data sharing when the people's data that's shared don't even know the data is being gathered in the first place!

 

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/15/2014 9:22:29 AM
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I know that I see this due to people that I talk to on a regular basis but I wonder how many people see this or have given it much thought.  Transparency has become a big thing in many government organizations but if no one is watching what does that really mean.  If an organization is collecting data I think they have a duty to be overly protective of it.

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/14/2014 8:32:25 AM
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@Lyndon, OK, Elysium is on my watch list now. Thanks! As for what humans do in an age when robots build robots... I shudder to think (and will wait for the trailer to determine whether I'll see the movie).

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/13/2014 11:44:21 AM
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SaneIT writes


Of course it sounds a lot like 1984, but we all know that's coming one day, right? 


 

Well, I dunno that "1984" is all that inevitable. After all, we'd have to have a perpetual state of war, right?

Oh, wait...

 

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/13/2014 11:33:54 AM
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Beth asks


... I haven't seen Elysium yet -- although I do like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. I can't decided if it's too over the top. Would you recommend it?


 

I'd definitely recommend it. Not the usual role for Jodie Foster, by the way.

Interesting dystopian view (lotsa those in movies and TV dramas these days). But I've got an even more dystopian vision ... I wouldn't have heavily exploited humans building robots ... robots will be building robots. What might the great "unwashed" impoverished 99% of humans be doing, when all conceivable work can be automated? Filmmakers need to suggest some scenarios...

Anyway, Elysium provides what I think is at least a hint of the kind of future that could result from current trends...

 

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/11/2014 1:16:54 PM
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Lyndon, you know, I hadn't thought about the use of automatons from this perspective. I bet you're right in thinking that they'd lead to more antisocial behavior among those with the tendency (ahem, most of the prison population).

Separately, I haven't seen Elysium yet -- although I do like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. I can't decided if it's too over the top. Would you recommend it?

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/11/2014 1:12:26 PM
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Savvy city politicos are great at twisting the law to their purposes, so I'd have to agree with your choice @SaneIT. I'd be especially concerned as time moves on from the initial project... and public scrutiny diminishes. I wouldn't be surprised to learn of behind-the-scenes negotiations and data-gathering projects that aren't as forthright with the details as they ought to be.

Re: Human Contact
  • 7/11/2014 7:40:33 AM
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Knowing several people in law enforcement I have to go with anything at the local government level.  Technology at the city level seems to have a bit of give and take so that it can get funding.  That means people who probably shouldn't have access will be using it without the oversight that you would expect.  While those private companies probably mean well there is always the issue of security and who can be held responsible for data leaks and who inside that company might be misusing the system.  

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