Sunday, July 01, 2007

Sentient world: war games on the grandest scale

Perhaps your real life is so rich you don't have time for another.
Even so, the US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.

The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual "nodes" to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR.

Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a "synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information", according to a concept paper for the project.
A commercial version of the program underlying SWS is available through Simulex, Inc. It is called "Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations", or SEAS. Simulex's #1 customer is, not suprisingly, the US Government. (Via Cryptogon.)

I do not doubt that the US Government is monitoring all email traffic, the entire web, and probably most of our phone calls as well. All of this data will be tracked and analysed using the most sophisticated artificial intelligence programs available.

We do not have their resources but we do have one thing they lack--real intelligence. They are trying to locate a needle in a haystack and their approach is to keep adding more hay.


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