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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 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?

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