Saturday, January 24, 2009

The New Thought Police: The NSA Wants to Know How You Think— Maybe Even What You Think

by James Bamford
The National Security Agency (NSA) is developing a tool that George Orwell's Thought Police might have found useful: an artificial intelligence system designed to gain insight into what people are thinking.

The system is so potentially intrusive that at least one researcher has quit, citing concerns over the dangers in placing such a powerful weapon in the hands of a top-secret agency with little accountability.

"Think of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the most memorable character, HAL 9000. We are building HAL."

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