posted on Jan, 11 2010 @ 12:45 PM
Even when the technology does exist with certain capabilities, it doesn't translate into any actual set of actions simply because the non-technical
practical issues tend to make the actions (in this case spying on everyone) impossible or impracticable.
For example, back in the 1990s, a company I managed was approached by a government agency with the following problem. Cell phones had become the
communication medium of choice for drug dealers etc. Since cell phone conversations were not covered under privacy laws of the time (they were deemed
broadcasts and not phone calls), this agency had invested million upon millions of dollars to record every single cell phone conversation they could
in the US.
The problem was the hundreds of millions of hours of conversation they recorded were useless since there was not enough manpower to sift thorough the
innocuous 99% of the recordings ("So then I said to him that no man of mine is going to forget my anniversary and you know what that jerk said..")
so they came to us to acoustically filter out only those conversations that dealt with drugs.
A large lucrative contract was offered if we would adapt our prototype technology to do this specific task. We pointed out that since the drug
dealers were concerned about actual people listening in, they never said anything like "I have coc aine for sale," instead they used code words
like "I'm having a potluck tonight." So if we did filter these terms out, we probably would only catch people like police officers talking about
making a coc aine bust. They left unhappy and (sadly) will all that money.
So just suppose that the government could tape all those people in front of web cams and tvs, what would they see? Billions of hours of young men
surfing for porn, teenage girls chatting on MSN and updating facebook, people playing video games, eating junk food and falling asleep while watching
American Idol. And who gets the delightful job of filtering through all of this junk? Couldn't pay me enough to do it.
So the technology may exist, but the idea that it translates into a massive nation wide spying ring, no going to happen for pragmatic reasons. Let s
face it, when gov't can't connect the dots htey have, the last thing they need is a technology that produces more dots.
Now, using the technology for highly targeted intelligence operations on preselected targets -- that is a whole other issue.