I’m working on a longer post on this, but I haven’t blogged in a few days. The more I read, the more I listen to, the more I think about it, the more I want good, kick-ass defense. Prohibition doesn’t work: doesn’t work for keeping bombs off of airplanes, doesn’t work for DRMing media, doesn’t work for keeping people safe from getting killed here, or in far away places. There isn’t even a good body of work on these things EVER working…false positives cause problems, the protocols aren’t robust in the face of failure, and the unintended consequences can be dire.
Play defense. I don’t want Total Information Awareness, I want nanotech. Not Active Denial Systems, friggin’ force fields. Working cyronics. Limb regeneration. Virtual reality. Let’s protect people, not enslave them. Let’s make things safer by making our society harder to hurt, not by taking away anything that can possibly do damage. Enhance safety; don’t restrict rights. Increase transparency, don’t reduce it.