Month: March 2016

Predicting the future: IoT Data Mining & Casual Foresight

The next leap in technology and human capability will come with the endless possibilities of the Internet of Things and big data mining combined to create predictive models for the future.

Once the potential issues regarding security are resolved IoT will head the forefront of data mining. With countless devices connected to each other within an overarching network, it will be possible to locate and measure things to an astonishing degree based on the endless data that these networks will provide.

Big data already helps obtain a sense of casual foresight and that will expand with the integration of IoT into our daily lives. By analyzing the data and patterns that emerge we could begin to create theoretical models that could act as casual forecasts. Even the way you use your mouse could become a predictive variable in who or what is happening or could happen.

The necessity for proper regulation is of the utmost importance in regards to breaches of personal privacy but this movement is more about the well-being of humanity itself than the individual.

If we as a species have casual foresight we can save ourselves from foreign threats or even save ourselves from ourselves. That is the goal. In fact, data mining is already used to predict criminal hotspots and the ability to map criminality will only improve with time. Furthermore, as we transition into a global identity, there will be no desire or necessity to hide things because everyone and everything will be connected. You will be “they” and to harm or hide things would only come to the detriment of yourself.

It’s quite ironic that we desire to be understood but fear it at the same time, that we dream of people coming together and yet stifle the technology that would lead to exactly that. The movement toward more and more transparency is undeniable and unstoppable, though. This is the future.

Sammy R. LaPoint © 2016

 

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Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is An ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

Mirrored from the Inquisitor 

“President Jimmy Carter says America, a once-free nation, is now an oligarchy, and that’s not just his opinion. It is provable, and backed up by the research of top political experts and scholars. An oligarchy is a government run by a small group of wealthy and influential people, rather than the majority. A Princeton University study, Affluence & Influence, by Martin Gilens, backs up former president Carter’s oligarchy statement about unlimited money in politics, such as allowed by Citizens United, upheld by the Supreme Court, as reported on Your News Wire.

“It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.”

President Jimmy Carter points to the ideal, that our government’s Constitution was based on the concept of democracy and freedom, at least as freedom and democracy were understood in the eighteenth century. Modern understanding of those may vary, but that was the overall goal. America was to be a government “by the people, of the people and for the people.” Experts are saying that is not what we have today. Carter states this in no uncertain terms.

“So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over.”

President Jimmy Carter, who led the U.S. from 1977 to 1981, is not just making this up as he goes along. It has been well established, proved, and recorded painstakingly, as explained in the video below.

 

Martin Gilens’ book introduction begins with a quote by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”

President Jimmy Carter is simply re-framing Gilen’s study, and putting it in terms that relate to the current situation. As Professor Gilens explains in the description of his book, those with money are the ones who influence politics, law making, and government policy.

“Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy–but as this book demonstrates, America’s policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged.”

President Jimmy Carter is taking a stand against oligarchy made possible by large corporate and individual campaign contributions, which he says are allowing undue influence for the rich, and subverting the rights of ordinary Americans.

Martin Gilens set out to test this theory based on over 2,200 government policies from the mid-1960s to 2006. His study shows that the preferences of low and median income Americans have no effect on government policies while the preferences of those with income in the top 10 percent have far greater influence. Over time, this influence is increasing, regardless of presidential administration. Gilens’ work has withstood analysis well over the past few years and provides ample data to show that the affluent have more voice in government than the poor or average income groups.

President Jimmy Carter is simply stating a provable point defining oligarchy, not showing any disloyalty, but simply stating that wealth influences government policy.”

 

 

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