Post by KnyteTrypper on Oct 30, 2006 7:46:51 GMT -5
It's a "real" A.I. which belongs to NASA. Designed to observe the earth for anomalous events, it can also prioritize its own resources based on its assessment of its observations. Article: NASA-A Growing Intelligence Around Earth
Post by KnyteTrypper on Oct 31, 2006 22:29:34 GMT -5
Every new technology brings to bear tremendous potentials both to help and to hurt. That OB1 was already sending out data about seismic disturbances before human researchers could queue up for the task of observing them shows a lot of promise both for pure science, and for the task of sustaining human life thru cataclysmic events. It just behooves good men not to stay silent while such technology gets turned to the darkside.
Post by Christopher Mark Doyon on Nov 1, 2006 11:25:47 GMT -5
And how do we even know if they turn something like this against us ? Better to not even trust the government with such dangerous toys. If it is such awesome technology, let Paul Allen give us a few hundred million and we'll build it ourselves. Or at least let the UN handle it, I trust them more than my own government - at least right now.
I have mixed feelings on the issue. On the one hand, I'm interested in new technology, and advancement toward the future. On the other, almost everyday, items in the news and announcements regarding some government plan, strategy, or piece of hardware seem to bring true the predictions of Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
I'm old enough to remember Sputnik, Tel-star and I stayed up all night watching men land on the moon for the first time before going to work the next morning. A family member in college is planning a career in the Air Force, and whenever I see something pertaining to space exploration, or satellites it catches my attention. For example, the latest "public" information regarding military photo satellites is that the resolution is down to something like 6 inches, which is about the size of a grapefruit. The claim is that they can read car license plates and the headlines of newspapers from orbit in space.
So, I was interested when I read that during a recent vote taken at the U.N. to negotiate the prohibition of weapons in space, my country was the only one to vote "no" against 160 "yes" votes from other countries.
For me it's about moral character and maturity. Giving this stuff to the likes of those who now lead us is like giving hand grenades to 6 year olds.
I agree. There's just no one I trust enough to be playing around with such information. It always starts out with good intentions, or at least that's what we're told. But, somehow, someone with a different agenda gets hold of it and twists the technology for subversive purposes.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) developed by the US. Department of Defense was supposed to be used for terrestrial navigation but it wasn't long before someone discovered it could be adapted for flying cruise missiles through a specific apartment building window, bombing a particular building without destroying the surrounding neighborhood, and killing people more efficiently.