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Here amid the lush mountains of Lake Tahoe in Northern California, technologists have been discussing what has been billed as "a new philosophy of progress" at the first ever Techonomy Conference.
The organisers are hoping the name will soon become common parlance but for the moment they are quite happy to explain their thinking behind the event as one that discusses the role that technology has in solving some of the world's thorniest problems from climate change to education to innovation.
Google's Mr Schmidt countered this with the comment that "I spend most of my time assuming the world is not ready for the technology revolution that is happening."
HP on Privacy: Info Will be Bigger Than Oil
HP's Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Office Shane Robinson spoke this morning at Techonomy and adressed consumer data privacy extensively. "Information is the most important resource of the 21st century," he said. "It's not oil, it's not water. The right policies are essential if we're going to exploit those resources."
Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke on a panel at Techonomy today and offered some juicy facts and perspective worth taking note of.
Schmidt emphasized that much of that data explosion is attributable to the rise of user generated content. With that data comes powerful new analytic possibilities.
"If I look at enough of your messaging and your location, and use Artificial Intelligence," Schmidt said, "we can predict where you are going to go."
"Show us 14 photos of yourself and we can identify who you are. You think you don't have 14 photos of yourself on the internet? You've got Facebook photos! People will find it's very useful to have devices that remember what you want to do, because you forgot...But society isn't ready for questions that will be raised as result of user-generated content."
On Anti-Social Behavior and Data
"The only way to manage this is true transparency and no anonymity," Schmidt said. "In a world of asynchronous threats, it is too dangerous for there not to be some way to identify you. We need a [verified] name service for people. Governments will demand it."
You can't enslave people with technology. It simply cannot be done.
The ultimate end point of technology is a union of AI and man's brain in a world where everything is known.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
I don't think that many realize how true the thread title is.
While we are arguing about gay marriage, they are launching satellites.
While we figure out who deserves Health Care, they are defining the intricate aspects of human behaviour.
While we argue about tax addendums, they are developing Silent Weapons.
Now watch this hand...-sleights-