DARPA Boffin: Future Government Surveillance Will Be Like Apple’s Siri
Secretive Military Outfit Created The iPhone Software In The First Place
February 7, 2014
The US Military’s Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), has indicated that future government surveillance programs will operate much like Siri does on today’s iPhones, in that NSA spooks will interact with algorithms that become smarter as they know what to expect.
Defense One reports that Dan Kaufman, director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA made the comments during a live webcast interview this week.
“Imagine someone stationed at an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance facility looking for visual data of interest.” Kaufman said. “Today this looks like one person in front of a bank of screens, not really seeing anything. In the future, it looks like a person interacting with an algorithm that becomes smarter about you and what you’re looking for as you interact with it.”
Kaufman also sees no problem with privacy issues in the future, arguing that better encryption will negate the debate about the trade off between privacy and security.
“We feel like there’s a slider that goes back and forth. Where, either we should collect everything, which feels bad, or we should collect nothing. And that also feels bad. What if there was a way to collect the data but encrypt it so that people couldn’t use it in a way that wasn’t approved?” he said.