the positive:

Okay let’s ALWAYS focus on the positive first:

  • data, the web, free flow of information has given mankind new abilities:
    • online learning-from-each-other (“social learning” one of said to be strong points of humans vs animals)
    • better decision making
    • distant cooperation
      • especially usefull when a pandemic hits
    • distant trading of goods and ideas, many of them Open Source 😀
      • GNU Linux is a “internet first” OS, as even during the Debian setup it is almost required to have a LAN connection 😀 (or a wifi chip that is supported by open source drivers)

there is the potential of AI to do good: early detection = prevention of cancer and finding better treatments

the negative: abuse potential

  • Peter-Parker (Spiderman) principle: with great power, comes great responsibility, if responsibility usage can not be guranteed, bad sh*t will happen
    • for example: cars, per default, cars are usefull for transportation especially in rural areas
    • but: cars posess the ability of abuse, when used as a weapon, also gasoline cars emmit cancer causing exchausts
    • the second problem is finally adressed slowly, thanks to Elon’s Tesla in a more speedy but still slow, way, VW & Toyota and others are finally jumping the band-wagon, abandoning gasoline cars completely and focus 100% on electric + hydrogen vehicles, better late than never?
    • the first “weapon” problem is dealed with by laws that say killing someone on purpose or by failing to implement safety meassures, is a major crime or negligent failure and the user will go to jail for it
      • when taken strictly and applied to AI driven cars, Elon & the developer of the autopilot would have to go to jail for every human life lost due to malfunction of the autopilot
      • Tesla (of course) circumvents this responsibility by stating in it’s terms: “it is a falwed autopilot, so user will have to keep the hands on the steering wheel at all times even with autopilot turned on”
      • well then the autopilot is “nice to have” but not fit for everyday use
      • imho: it will take several years maybe decades to get to a 99.9% perfection, which is required, because this is a security problem
      • science & research takes time, investors want quick results but that is just not possible, even with the most hard working crew, to not underestimate problems and properly manage time is “holy grail” of project management
  • hackerz:
    • hackes already use AI to write better exploits and find more holes to exploit
  • 1984-potential for abuse by political power:
    • imagine a power greedy president elected into office and issues this command to the almighty AI at his disposal:
      • “AI delete all information that put’s me in a negative context”
      • “find and send all author to jail that wrote negatively about me”
      • “also generate some positive artciles about me and send them to all newspapers in order to be slightly adapted to make them look like they were actually written by a human”
    • although it is (right now) luckily impossible to “delete the internet” because it is de-centralized, but for this to work it would have to stay de-centralized, with the broken-ness-of-old-mail and smartphones, WhatsApp (now facebook) and established a pretty dominant role, requiring every Android user to sign up… to participate #wtf?

Back to the actualy German court decision:

  • “With data retention, all connection data of calls, SMS and IP addresses including location information should be stored. And not of suspects, but of the entire population!”
  • “It is sad that courts have to overturn data retention time and again; instead, Parliament must speak out clearly against it.”
    • the question here is: who or what is parliament afraid of?
  • “After all, the storage of traffic data without any reason is not an investigative measure under the rule of law, but rather – no matter how you spin it – mass surveillance of the entire population.”

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The right to privacy it is EVEN enshrined in the: “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”: Article 12:

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.”

“Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

problem: most users are still unaware, what can go wrong, if their data is sold on the darknet.

CyberPrivacy and CyberSecurity are the same thing:

  • users and companies can be hacked by “social engineering”
    • the more data an attacker has the better the attack
      • example: the finance-guy of a company, that get’s an mail that really seems to be from his angry boss, currently on a business trip to China to rapidly transfer $ 3 million (u might laugh, it has worked before)

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