posted on Nov, 11 2009 @ 04:24 AM
Personally, I live with the assumption that everything I do online will be analyzed. They've been telling me since before there was an internet worth
mentioning that the federal government was listening to my phone conversations; I didn't always believe it, because even if there had been a giant
Carnivore or Echelon system listening in on our phone calls, what poor schmuck was gonna separate the real stuff from the millions of times that me
and my buddies said "bomb" and "president" just in the context of "hey if they are listening, this will freak them out" It didn't seem possible
back then. But now, the voice recognition software, the processing power, the search algorithms- they're all here now. Ten years later- well less
than the gap between when the government gets something of SR-71 importance and when it admits having it- not only do "They" but also The Private
Sector have everything they'd need to read it all, index it all by the groups of people involved and the verbal context, sift those results for
actual intel, etc. There's even software which exists for the explicit purpose of analyzing what you do online and using that to decide how to make
you buy/believe a certain thing- you've probably got several such programs on your computer right now and you don't even want them- how's that for
So, even if we just pretend for a few moments that the government is not at least a decade ahead of the civilian sector and is not the least bit
interested in our lives, we're still left in a world where there exists the means, motive, and opportunity for others to analyze our online business
in the private sector.
Google is working on artificial intelligence, and this stuff is going to rely on learning how the human brain contextualizes discrete bits of
knowledge. Am I really to believe that they don't have ANY interest then in storing and analyzing the way I search for related concepts? And that's
only on the most basic level. If I were going to have an artificially intelligent internet, I'd want it to open up all kinds of new doors, and the
best way to do that is just to give it ALL of the data and give it all the time it needs to look for patterns. How do I know that one day google
won't read every single one of my posts in chronological order just trying to figure out how a conspiracy theorists' mind works? I don't- that
could happen. It makes perfect sense to do and sooner or later I'd get around to that if I owned a company that was trying develop AI. It might even
correlate the dirty jokes I tell to my taste in adult sites in a misguided attempt to learn something about human sexuality (god bless the Internet-
upon the dawn of AI it will become the only Entity nerdy enough to learn anything from me on the subject of sex).
So yeah, I just live under the assumption that sooner or later I'm going to answer for all of this. But truth be told, I kind of enjoy it. There are
things I don't do- I don't download faces of death or google how to build a nuclear weapon or dumb stuff like that- but it doesn't bother me that
one day a machine might pick up all of my lies, all of my inconsistencies, all of my bad logic, and of course my mnay mnay tpyos.
One thing that took me a long time to learn (and I still have difficulty living by it) is that I'm really not that different from everyone else. We
assume that we are particularly shy, or insecure, or unforgiving, or perverse, or whatever, but statistically, almost none of us are significantly
removed from the the rest of the pack. The most perverse individual you know: Probably a 75-80 percentile pervert. The biggest jerk you know: Probably
a 60th-75th percentile jerk.
So even if I'm every bit as bad in every bit as many ways as I might think, even if the computer can understand that and single me out, there simply
aren't enough "normal" people to adequately shame both me and everyone worse than me.
And likewise, from the conspiracy angle, there will never be enough watchers to monitor much less punish everyone like us. I wouldn't go planning my
counter-NWO resistance online in detail or anything, because yeah they will read it if you ever become a problem and then it definitely won't work,
but short of that, what's to worry about? They can't arrest everyone who commits a thought-crime.
In a way, I look forward to the day that AI can really crunch the numbers on all of our searching- hopefully past as well as present, and I just hope
that SOMEBODY out there does it with honest numbers (i know we will be lied to by the first one to do it on a large for-profit basis), because I think
it will do away with a lot of lies we tell eachother. It will be like opening up the collective unconscious of the last several decades. Suddenly,
hopefully without names attatched, we'll have the numbers on all the subversive, prurient, and criminal stuff that we never knew was near us when
statistically we probably knew several people who were into it. It will be a pivotal and dangerous moment for the social contract.