posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 03:07 PM
Many of the computer geniuses here are probably familiar with the revolution in supercomputing called a Grid Enabled PC Cluster (GEPCC). For those
ordinary people like me, its harnessing the computational power of networked PCs into a grid to make a virtual supercomputer.
The coolest part is that individual computers are only used when they are at idle or under a small load. Users see virtually no difference in their
computers eventhough they may be solving some incredibly complex problem or finding a new exoplanet.
By breaking up very complex problems into manageable chunks, these GEPCCs rival the fastest supercomputers and provide schools and labs a resource
only dreamed of just a decade ago.
What if we applied this principle to our collective brains here on ATS to solve the world's problems in our spare time? I'm not kidding. I'm sure
once a few of the computer geniuses here and the creators of this awesome website (my last true addiction) toss this idea around, it may get some
Please consider the TARP bailout as an example. The 800 page piece of "legislation" that lead up to that abortion was cooked up in secret, authored
in large part by lobbyists for the very banks it was designed to serve and placed into the hands of congressmen for the first time at 3:00 AM for a
vote at 8:00 AM. Right.
The complete lack of transparency not only guarantees corruption at the expense of the many but it cannot take advantage of the most brilliant
revelation of the Age of Enlightenment: Every human being has an innate capacity for discernment due to some inexplicable connection to the collective
unconscious. Every problem facing a group of people is solved most equitably, efficientyly and innovatively when as many perspectives as possible are
brought to bare on it.
Now imagine if at 3:00 AM the same bill was broken up into 1,600 2-page sections and sent out to ATS for its first pass through. If each recipient
were to distill his section into highlights, rate it for potential problematic language, constitutionality, etc as well as identify if that section
seemed to be the middle, beginning or ending of a certain larger line item, in a couple more passes individual line items could be assembled into
their correct length and posted with an initial rating of relevance (TBA) so threads could be started using the existing system of stars and flags.
I guaranty that in the five hours preceeding the vote we would have identified the most egregious examples of congressional malfeasance and obvious
pork. Consider how different that is from the fatalistic thought of any one of us attempting to speed read that 800 page document. The congress, by
their own admission doesn't bother reading it either. Who is running this country?
In an instant we go from being a fractious collection of powerless individuals victimized by the capricious hand of fate to becoming empowered
citizens no longer willing to let congress slide anything past us. The secret to power is its recognition. We have handed it over and now we are
taking it back.
Way more inspiring to me than keeping congress honest is the virtually unlimited potential of creativity and innovation by tapping into our collective
intelligence, life experience and knowledge. On a practical level, imagine if a piece of legislation having to do with education was broken down for
discussion by a group containing even a few retired great teachers and school administrators. Think if they could simply weigh in on a discussion in
their idle time with a simple thought, suggestion or idea. "We tried that. It didn't work but this did..." No more reinventing the wheel.
Often its just the kernel of a new idea that can change the entire direction of a conversation yeilding real innovation. How many of us here on ATS
were propelled into some entirely new conception or new line of thinking after reading a short post by another member?
I would like to humbly propose an experiment. What if we get a piece of pending or old legislation and try it out? I think for efficiency's sake, if
there were some way to pre-identify certain areas of interest or experience with respect to individual members and the legislation is sent through the
first pass of the grid in a fashion dependent on expertise then broken down into laymen's terms for the rest of us, it may work better?
I don't know but that's the beauty of this concept. There is bound to be people here on ATS that do know and are experts in building the grid. All I
know is I think others will see the potential and together we can really change the world. F'n A!