[ExI] The NSA's new data center

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 25 21:43:49 UTC 2012

>From: Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>
>To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> 
>Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 6:46 AM
>Subject: Re: [ExI] The NSA's new data center
>On 25 March 2012 04:28, Kelly Anderson <kellycoinguy at gmail.com> wrote:
>However, video cameras and storage follow Moore's Law, and eventually
>>it will be so cheap that nobody can justify not doing it on a
>>financial basis.
>My prediction, and sincere (albeit somewhat "tragic") hope, is that at the end of the day they will be so cheap, small, powerful and widespread that nobody can prevent their generalised use *no matter what the justification for doing that might be*. 
>Heck, law enforcement is a failure enough today in controlling the moving and using of *tons* of marijuana... :-)
>So: both good and bad secrecy/privacy are likely IMHO to go down the drain, and we had better be prepared to that.
>There again, the scenario of Other Days, Other Eyes, and of The Light of Other Days comes to mind.
This is somewhat pertinent. Many cities are purposefully removing the red-light cameras they had previously installed. Although the articles cite many reasons, this trend was first brought to my attention by someone who claimed it was beecause cities were *losing* revenue from traffic citations. People learned where the cameras were and stopped running those lights. Eventually the cameras lost the cities more than it made them in revenue.
Sometimes the state benefits more from crime and subsequent punishment than it does from preventative law-enforcement.
Stuart LaForge

"The state that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools." -Thucydides.

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