Lets say you’re the government… and you see that something like the Internet goes out of control

GovernmentWith all this SOPA buzz going around lets stop for a moment and put ourselves in governments body. So you are the government, your goal? Wealth of the state? Kind of, because everybody cares mostly for himself, caring for the other organization like… the state is usually put behind the personal interests. Don’t forget about this fact in further reading of this post.

What governments like and what they dislike? Government like every other organization has its assets. Although in this case, these assets are vast – it’s the whole country, its resources, people, capital, technologies, infrastructure etc., etc. The government loves the idea of control over these assets. Continue reading

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James Bond is dead, Today we spy with Facebook and Twitter

Facebook spyGolden age of James Bond like intelligence agencies has come to an end. You don’t have to send your secret agents to gather intel, you do that through Google and Facebook. You want to have a switch in some suspicious company or foreign government agency? Friend with them on Facebook or other social network. Want to know what is going on in certain industry facilities? Observe geo-localized twitter stream. Double O’s were sent to acquire information and act. Nowadays there is no problem with information, the problem is with filtering and picking up the right one. Continue reading

Mind-Reading Computers Within Five Years – what’s so scary about that & Siri frightens me …again

computer-brain interfaceMashable reported on IBM’s predictions of brain-machine interface going mainstream within 5 years. It’ s a wonderful vision! But from the other side it’s a horror. If you read my post about the threats of introducing Siri – which uses our sense of hearing instead of vision, then you know where I’m going with this. And you probably realized…the horror, the horror…

Whereas my frights on Siri concerned mostly the problem with filtering the vast amount of data received by users and eliminating the user in the choice process. This IBM news gave me some more disturbing thoughts. It’s not about your lack of options in surfing the Internet and organizing your day through Siri anymore. It’s about the data you give it away.

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Sight vs hearing? Why Siri is not such a good direction

Siri isn’t something new, like most of the Apple products (or their functions) it is something already invented, raised to a totally new level of user experience, usability & design. And it’s really working. Siri and all other voice control assistants make 1 huge change in our interaction with the computer: the human sense used to do it. We are used to using our sight for receiving most of the data from our computer, now Siri changes that and wants us to use our hearing sense, and that changes a lot…

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