We are going to allow ourselves to be regulated into oblivion.
Liberties have always been sacrificed to presumably enhance security. Every day we are bombarded with news about how vulnerable we are. Government takes advantage of this. They sell us on sacrificing (what seems to be) trivial liberties to make us safer. Look at how our children don't think twice about being behind a locked fence at school. That is supposed to make them safer. I think that environment will make them quite comfortable in prison camps. I think we need to take security seriously, but not rely on the government (at any level) to provide it. No matter what measures we take, bad things will happen and people will get hurt and killed.
I remember my dad telling me that locks only keep the honest people out. Come to think about it, maybe that is why the government is always able to get in...Even when measures are taken to keep them out.
"...If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year, do you suppose..."
I was reading this to find out how to determine whom to trust. I didn't learn much on that topic (Basically, trust no one.) I did, however, learn plenty about "who vs whom."
Government is a leaving, breathing thing. It subsists on liberties. The more liberties it consumes, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more liberties it needs. It has no sense of moderation and will consume liberties until there no more. Then it will die. Then, like the Phoenix, another will rise from the ashes and start the whole process again.
Here there be dragons. Lots of them.
There are those who know what is best for all of us. When they see mere mortals doing something that doesn't fit in with their world view, they decide to do something about it. I worked with a guy who thought no one should drive faster than 55mph. He got great satisfaction from not moving aside for anyone trying to pass him. This guy thought people shouldn't use their phones and drive. He probably got great satisfaction from depriving people of their signal. Remember, we are all control freaks to some extent.
I think we are capable of that without the assistance of artificial intelligence.
We haven't even got out of our own. Maybe... I guess Voyager I is close and some think it has left the Solar System.
I wish I had points. I also had similar thoughts about some sort of feedback system
This story and comments remind me of a Short Story by Anton Chekov. The story was called "The Bet". It is worth reading if you are interested in this subject.
The most powerful and least productive group today. You could produce the best product in the world, but if you cut off the "middle man" you won't be able to sell it.
If that is true, than someone leaked it. They should be found and tried for treason. Isn't that what happens to people who let the public know how the government is
"...or are consumers going to just get screwed in the long run?"
I can see it now:
Me: It is cold and those heated seats would be nice now. Maybe I can just pay a monthly rate during the winter.
Car Company: I'm sorry but that option requires a 1 year contract.
It certainly was a different time then. Today, there would be much ado about this. A government project with the main players reading a religious text? No way that would work today.