[ExI] 23andme again
anders at aleph.se
Fri Jun 14 19:14:40 UTC 2013
On 2013-06-13 07:42, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 06:34:21AM +0100, Anders Sandberg wrote:
>> identities and activities much more than we normally think. And in
>> the future every kid will have tools that make Prism look pretty
> Even if that kid has his private meganode botnet, he's not
> running piece of core infrastructure and probably has a
> slightly smaller budget (no nuclear cable-splice
> submarine for you today, go back to your room and sulk).
> So the question is not about how good you are with
> Splunk or R, but how much probes you have, and how
> many large scale clusters you can afford.
In order to figure things out, you need to be able to acquire
information, process it and know how to notice interesting things.
Right now we are somewhat obsessed with the big data idea where the data
all resides in a central location, having been acquired piecemeal or
wholesale over time by some organisation. It is effective, but there are
other ways of gathering data like distributed searches and P2P.
Currently they are inefficient, yet we cannot be certain they are not
going to become big. The Internet of Things looks like it is going to
store lots locally rather than in the cloud.
The processing depends on what algorithm you runs. Right now we are
getting good at the algorithms that run well on clusters, but again that
might just be a low-hanging fruit. There are plenty of interesting
distributed algorithms, and it is not too unlikely that people might
have options for running algorithms in some of the clouds.
I suspect that the key thing is people asking the right kind of new
question. Much of the big data infrastructures today are set up to
answer general questions or anticipated future questions, yet they might
well enable new user categories asking unprecedented questions. 23andMe
was not intended to support genealogy. Flickr was not intended to build
ontologies. Google was not intended for finding unsecured surveillance
So the real thing to watch out for is people who come up with clever
questions. We have built an infrastructure that makes it easier to
answer them. A Logic Named Joe is coming our way.
Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
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