The Pentagon Promises Smarter Robots
In what appears to be an obvious dup, yet actually appears to be real,
Pentagon wants to
your life experiences solely so that they will have data to create
robots. Right. Formally nicknamed Total Information Awareness,
already keeps transaction information on people, but this new project
called LifeLog will go
that to track everyone's movements, and what they see, hear, and do,
As you could probably imagine, there are plenty of
privacy groups up in
After losing all of our libertys and all, the good warm fuzzy news is
that we will
end up having Smarter
Be careful what you think
about this project.
Here's about 1984 similar articles to think about:
DARPA to citizens: you will be assimilated,
Reuters: Pentagon Seeks to Sort, Store Lifetime Experience,
NewZealand Herald: Pentagon seeks to sort and store lifetime
Star TechCentral: We can see what you see, hear what you hear,
Al Jazeerah: Is individual privacy a privilege or a right,
LifeLog, and Yours,
Washington Post: The Pentagon's PR Play,
Slashdot: The Searchable Life,
Sierra Times: DARPA meets Dr. Frankenstein,
A spy machine of Darpa's dreams.
I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. With the help
of the freedom of information act, I could find out... Ah, nevermind,
definately a bad thing.
I also read the Orwell classic recently, and the parallels between the
machinations of a ficticious totalitarian state and the gulf war going
on on the telly at the time were striking.
What impressed me more than the thought police or newspeak (an early
prototype for political correctness) was the way that "the party" tries
to erase or distort history in order to justify current events. In the
story history exists only in books and in people's minds, and the party
controls both. The "two minutes hate" was also very reminiscent of
some of the pre gulf war rhetoric, with people being whipped up into a
blind frenzy of fear and then having their attention focused on the
face of the enemy ("goldstein" in the book, "saddam" on telly) - a
classical conditioning technique.
For anyone of a slightly nervous disposition the torture of Smith is
the most grusome part of the book, but the basic underlying theme of
the story one of freedom and its suppression.
One more link , posted 30 May 2003 at 02:42 UTC by steve »
Amazing, posted 30 May 2003 at 17:09 UTC by ROB.T. »
I want to know who the salesman was who convinced the Pentagon that
this could be done - hell of a snow job. I'm not even going to get
into rights violations etc... because the technology for this concept is
so far off.
Why doesn't the Pentagon RD folks work on something a little more
practical, like replacing US troops at checkpoints with an armed