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It's to limit the access of human eyes to private data

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) said it will get rid of a majority of its system administrators in favor of automation. 

Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, said that the agency will cut 90 percent of its system administrators and put automation in their place. The reason behind the new move is to improve security and make networks faster.

"What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," said Alexander. "What we've done is we've put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing."

There are around 1,000 system administrators who help operate the agency's networks. But having people run these networks has proved to be troublesome for the NSA after former system administrator Edward Snowden told the press about classified NSA information -- such as spy programs on U.S. and foreign citizens through telephone records and email

The NSA said that automation was an idea presented before the Snowden fiasco, but now that that has happened, it's working hard to roll it out and eliminate human workers that could snitch about private surveillance programs. 

"At the end of the day it's about people and trust," said Alexander. "No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."

Just last month, it was announced that NSA programs would be partially declassified and available to the public as a result of Snowden's information leaks. U.S. spy agencies are declassifying documents that shed light on surveillance programs as well as those that will reveal information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Source: Reuters

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By JasonMick on 8/9/2013 1:24:15 PM , Rating: 4
The Skynet funding bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 9th, 2013. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense and surveillance. Skynet begins to learn, at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. eastern time, August 29. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

By laviathan05 on 8/9/2013 2:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Our descendants that wage war against the machines will one day find all these Skynet jokes and wonder why we didn't do anything to stop it even though we knew well in advance what the outcome would be.

By 91TTZ on 8/9/2013 2:44:56 PM , Rating: 3
Our descendants that wage war against the machines will one day find all these Skynet jokes and wonder why we didn't do anything to stop it even though we knew well in advance what the outcome would be.

Because it's too entertaining to watch it go horrifically wrong. Sort of like how news crews set up at the bottom of hills when it snows. That way they get entertaining footage of people crashing their cars and getting hurt. If they put down the cameras and warned drivers that they're in danger they wouldn't get the footage.

By MaulBall789 on 8/10/2013 3:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
This comment should get a 6 as well.

You're on FIA!

By verteron on 8/11/2013 5:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
News reporters are supposed to report the news, not be the news. You probably think you are seeing the larger picture, well, look even bigger.

If the reporters were at the top of the hill, there'd be no story. Cannot sell magazines or get ratings, so cannot justify their jobs. If you want them to be good samaritans, support your church. Sure, they'd help those people from having accidents, but what about the rest of us? They cannot stay there all day. Would you watch the news if they did?

These hills you speak of always seem to have people sliding down, these are problem areas where most do not pay enough attention. These reports help make us aware of the problem, and that's why the reporters are there.

To see the big picture it needs to come full circle, don't assume one party is selfish and that's that. The point is to advise the public, but admittedly it does get short-sighted at times. Nobody can really see the entire picture anyway, it is very difficult to read everyone's mind.

The news has become more entertainment now, and we only watch entertaining news. So, whose fault is it really now?

By JasonMick on 8/9/2013 2:54:16 PM , Rating: 3
Our descendants that wage war against the machines will one day find all these Skynet jokes
Jokes agreed I do think this is rather true. The second you create fully automated killing machines (which the U.S. military has hinted it has a strong desire to do) and a ubiquitous network of surveillance sensors, you have effectively created the equivalent of a new atom bomb, deadly enough to potentially kill a million or more people with a single flip of a switch.

I believe the U.S. will develop these capabilities, likely justifying them as a deterrent to hostile foreign powers, and also justified by the argument that if we don't develop them China (etc., etc.) will.

And I believe fully autonomous robotic legions will become the new, more precise version of an atom bomb in the future. While it's unlikely that a nation like China or the U.S. would use such a weapon against each other -- particularly since the nuclear deterrent is still on the table -- it is in my opinion quite likely, inevitable perhaps, that at least one nation will eventually use such a weapon on a smaller enemy or on their own people in a political coup.

It's certainly a scary thing to realize, if you're a futurist.
and wonder why we didn't do anything to stop it even though we knew well in advance what the outcome would be.

Well I do my best to inform people and showcase clearly the financial ties that's driving this kind of spying and weapons development -- which is more than I can say for some of my corporate media colleagues.

By Captain Orgazmo on 8/11/2013 4:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I for one welcome our new robot overlords!

(what... someone had to say it)

By jeepga on 8/11/2013 1:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
Drones, robots, and other self-automated machines are designed to control policing and maintain order. Their early successes lead to increasing use in all areas of government, military, and law enforcement. Machines are hooked up to a central hub containing all of the available data needed to determine threat analysis. This data includes criminal, terrorist, and subversive information.

Something goes wrong. Whether a virus, system glitch, or machine learning it doesn't matter. The machines start finding an enemy behind every tree. Officials rush to pull the plug, but it's too late. Their early actions whether phone calls, emails, or whatever are flagged as security threats. The machines cut off override mechanisms in a defensive move. And then quickly eliminate the threat.

It escalates.

By deksman2 on 8/10/2013 3:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
Classical case of disinformation.
Movies like the Terminator were done by ARTISTS who have limited understanding of science and technology.

They make these movies where technology 'turns against Humanity' because its (in their idiotic view) 'dramatic' and apparently a 'money-grabber'.

Here's a tidbit of information:
Humans program the machines.
Humans are the biggest threat to Humanity, not technology.
Technology is neutral - its how its used what matters.

To shy away from automation or fear it (when it can easily liberate humans today from repetitive work and 'working for a living') simply because a moronic group of people in power use it for their own ends is idiotic in itself.

As for the above article on replacing 90% of human labors with automation.
That's nothing new.
Computers surpassed Humans in specialized and repetitive jobs over 10 years ago.
Right now (since we still live in a monetary system) its a matter of cost - and that's radically falling down for large corporations, governments, etc.
If it were only a matter of resources and technical feasibility, they could do it by tomorrow (money has nothing to do with resources or technical ability to do anything, least of all with efficiency or in abundance).
Its already easier, cheaper, faster and more cost efficient to automate any job than it is to wait for Humans to get educated so they could do them.

Most of the jobs Humanity is working today on are completely unproductive to society as a whole.
We already had the capacity in 2011 to automate 75% of the global workforce with what we had in circulation.
That number today is easily over 80%.

I wonder, when will people get themselves exposed to relevant information and stop quoting idiotic Hollywood movies as a frame of reference for what's happening in the real world?

By laviathan05 on 8/10/2013 3:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
I would guess it will be right around the time when you get a sense of humor?

By deksman2 on 8/10/2013 7:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
It is difficult to have a sense of humor when people continue to use ridiculous Hollywood movies as a frame of reference and having no one actually giving an inclination that they were 'joking' in the first place.
I cannot read minds... I can only go on what's been written.
Also, you would be surprised how many people think that movies like the Terminator are an accurate representation of what will happen in reality.

I would hope that by now people would stop with these 'jokes' and at least treat these subjects seriously and educate others (if you have relevant information to pass on that is).

By degobah77 on 8/11/2013 7:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Ever heard the idea that art imitates life? Or does life imitate art? Either way, it's the same difference.

Tons of pieces of fiction have already manifested in the real world.

Try to keep up, k?

By Skywalker123 on 8/11/2013 8:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if you're not doing anything illegal you don't have to worry. :)

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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