Machine Takeover. The Growing Threat to Human Freedom in a by Frank George

By Frank George

Computer Takeover: The transforming into probability to Human Freedom in a Computer-Controlled Society discusses the results of technological development. The name identifies the adjustments in society that not anyone knows, in addition to what this alterations includes. The textual content first covers the data technology, relatively the point of an automatic procedure for info processing. subsequent, the choice offers with social implications of data technology, akin to details pollutants. The textual content additionally tackles the troubles within the usage of know-how with a view to manage the lives of individuals with out their wisdom. partially III, the name covers the technology of cybernetics and synthetic intelligence. The final half tackles the implications of recent technology. The publication may be of serious curiosity to readers who're involved in the path of latest technology.

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The attributes and values which we shall need are matters for some debate, but will normally include such things as return on investment, cash flow per share, sales, earnings, profits, debts, loans, subsidies, working capital, price earnings ratio, dividend payout ratio, prices, dividends per share, dividend yield, price ratio with competitors, and perhaps more besides. All these can be thought of in terms of both absolute values at any particular time, or in terms of trends, both recent and longer term, as well as averages and in terms of average rates of change.

Such heuristic search procedures enormously speed up the process of searching through data-banks. We must now say something about statistical methods and their use, along with heuristic methods, in surveys which analyse, in effect, the contents of large data banks. We shall concentrate in this brief description on a statistical analysis of a market research type problem, something which is already well established and has been known for some considerable time. First of all we should mention one or two statistical methods and their obvious usefulness in analysing large amounts of data.

We hope also to reveal how this could provide a platform from which a totalitarian state could easily emerge. We have already mentioned heuristic methods, and emphasized that these were not mentioned, for example, by John Maddox. It is also true that they are still not well known in the computer world itself; yet they provide a vitally important contribution to the computerization process. So we must now explain heuristic methods and compare them with the traditional computer methods, sometimes called algorithmic, and give some examples of their use in the simple computerized world of Stage Two pollution.

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