[ExI] What surveillance solution is best - Orwellian, David Brin's, or ...?

A B austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 27 22:02:51 UTC 2007

Although, short of moving into space, I would "prefer"
a Brin type of surveillance over the short term
(compared to Orwellian) - if such a system were
possible - of which I'm skeptical. I would rather be
watched 24/7 by my peers for five years than be dead,
permanently. Of course ideally, no surveillance would
be necessary or desirable. Sadly, this isn't an ideal
Universe. Is the "Brin version" not the dominant
system being advocated?


Jeffrey Herrlich  

--- A B <austriaaugust at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Yeah, the cost will continue to get lower; but
> before
> today, the cost would still have been pretty
> significant. Placing and monitoring a "bug" in
> millions of homes is gonna cost some cheddar. And
> dictators often don't rule the richest of countries.
> Another thing that reduces the "benefit" side is
> that
> any conspirators could easily leave the
> house/equipment in order to plot. Another factor is
> that foreign countries like the U.S. exert external
> influence (I'm not judging merit here, just stating
> a
> fact). Definitely the important point though is that
> surveillance tech is only going to get cheaper and
> easier, and the Cost:Benefit will continue to look
> more attractive to certain rulers. 
> IMO, the "best" solution to this whole conundrum is
> to
> get as many rational (and otherwise) people as
> possible, off this damn rock. Although gov's have
> strong influence here too, of course. What's the
> feasibility of creating a new self-supporting nation
> outside of this planet? I'm being serious. Will this
> ever be realistic or even possible? 
> And also build a Friendly AI or a "Friendly" B.C.I.,
> Sincerely,
> Jeffrey Herrlich

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