25 Feb 2013

Why the machines will rule us eventually

In Jesse Ventura's famous "Conspiracy Theory" exposé on FEMA Camps, there was an interview with Mike German, an ex-FBI Terrorism Specialist. Jesse asked him about the vast homeland security apparatus in the United States: "Who is in-charge of all this?" Mike German took a second, and answered: "No-one!"

It is understandable that no single entity can with trusted with access to so much unaccountablity, sensitive information and power ...that too, on a global level. Thus, overall control of the increasingly omnipresent and omnipotent technological surveillence-control grid has to be diffused to prevent any one government agency gaining an unfair advantage; and its functioning must be highly automated in order to prevent bureaucratic turf-wars - or tyranny.

Also, given the incredible volume of information involved, most of the data capture, storage, analysis and assessment is probably already automated - and non-exceptional responses are also most likely determined by algorithms and supercomputers. Humans are really only required to affirm the action recommended by the software.

Everytime a government spokesperson says, "According to our intelligence data...", he is most likely refering to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Today, with the US leading the march, the world's "security" forces are becoming ever-more automated.

But the main reason for minimising human involvement in the decision-making equation is not because software and machines are better at highly subjective deductions... It is because there is a huge TRUST DEFICIT between the rulers and the ruled.

The Ruling Class (governments) cannot trust their subjects (soldiers) to uphold their interests (retain power and privilege) - and the subjects (public) cannot trust the Ruling Class (politicians) to cater to their interests (social mobility).

There is a very tiny number of individuals (perhaps in their 1000s) who are responsible for society being divided on a scale and level that is truly unprecedented in history. But we now trust each other LESS than we are willing to trust machines. Think about it: You are less likely to re-count cash received from a Bank ATM than a Bank Teller.

Humanity is a house divided - and you know what they say happens to a house that is divided...

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