PRISM, a symptom of “information explosion,” beware!

2 Jul

PRISM, a symptom of “information explosion,” beware!
While the political and security implications of leaks by Edward Snowden are monopolizing the news, the main danger is from information overload, misinterpretations and perhaps dangerous (or even rogue) action could be the main issue.
Too much information leads to chaos, In the mid fifteen hundreds, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra predicted that too much information will drive people insane by demonstrating how his hero, Don Quixote, went mad because he read too much. Albert Einstein said the: “I fear the day when the [information] technology overlaps with our humanity; the world will only have a generation of idiots.”
In George Orwell’s 1984 he wrote of government that has total visibility to what every person does, and soon we shall be able to read people’s minds, to know what thoughts each person may have.
Communication is a complex process, which land itself to high level of misinterpretations. With Government monitoring everything its citizenry does, and take action based on interpretation by both man and machine, one can expect an eventual state of chaos in the world.
This year NSA’s one and one half million square foot facility in Utah would become operational, it would accommodate the trillions of bits of information that NSA is gathering from the United States and from around the world. Following is Wikipedia overview of the NSA facility:
“The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center,[1] is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to store extremely large amounts of data.[2][3][4] Its purpose is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), though its precise mission is classified.[5] The National Security Agency (NSA), which will lead operations at the facility, is the executive agent for the Director of National Intelligence.[6] It is located at Camp Williams, near Bluffdale, Utah, between Utah Lake and Great Salt Lake.”
The Google information about judicial requests from various countries supports the notion that the world is moving towards an information overload, the world is leading towards a “cyber crash,” that could well dwarf any nuclear confrontation that may confront the human race.
Should, or could, safeguards be put in place to prevent information from going wild?
Several years ago when Gordon Moore of Intel predicted that every few years computation power would double, an alarm should have sounded. Moore was close to correct, except that information technology is growing even faster and could become an avalanche out of control.
It is likely that the human race will survive the “cyber explosion,” just as it survived Malthus prediction of resource shortage, of atomic annihilation. That not withstanding, the prudent thing for both scientists and politicians to exercise some rational control on information growth.

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