>From: "Technotranscendence" <email@example.com>
>On Tuesday, March 28, 2000 11:17 PM Zero Powers firstname.lastname@example.org
> > >And so long as one person has a more powerful computer than another
> > >person, 'power equivalent ubiquitous transparency' cannot possibly
> > >exist, except as a propaganda piece used to dupe people into
> > >surrendering their civil rights.
> > As I explained in reply to your earlier message, computing power is
> > virtually irrelevant when it comes to merely browsing an efficient
>As others have pointed out, it's not browsing but analyzing that's
>here. If watching were enough... Zero should, perhaps, read Angelo
>Codevilla's _Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century_ (I
>reviewed if a few years ago; my review is at:
>http://mars.superlink.net/neptune/IP1_Know.html) for examples of people in
>intelligence organizations (the ones who are paid to look at such data and
>draw valid conclusions from it) who knew stuff on a basic perceptual level,
>yet weren't able to infer anything important from it.
>I think what would happen with ubiquitous surveillance is that, for most
>people, it would just be a constant flood of useless data.
Precisely! It would be mostly background useless streams of data, that is
until it was important to you. As I have (repeatedly) explained when
someone accessed your data (or performed any act which your parameters
establish as being important to you) you would be notified.
It could also be used for purposes of verification. You would be able to
search your own data and produce a verified data set to establish where you
were and what you said and when you said it. Can you say the end of
protracted and expensive civil and criminal litigation?
Moreover, whether the data stream was actually being viewed or analyzed is
really beside the point. The mere fact that everything is being recorded,
for later use if necessary, would have the desired effect.
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