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NSA: THE DECISION PROBLEM

To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.The ultimate goal of signals intelligence and analysis is to learn not only what is being said, and what is being done, but what is being thought. With the proliferation of search engines that directly track the links between individual human minds and the words, images, and ideas that both characterize and increasingly constitute their thoughts, this goal appears within reach at last. "But, how can the machine know what I think?" you ask. It does not need to know what you think—no more than one person ever really knows what another person thinks. A reasonable guess at what you are thinking is good enough.GEORGE DYSON, Science Historian, is the author of Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe, and Darwin Among the Machines.[ED. NOTE: George Dyson's piece was commissioned by Frank Schirrmacher, co-publisher of the national German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), where he is Editor of the Feuilleton, cultural and science pages of the paper. First published by FAZ on July 26, 2013.]

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26 Jul
Gil Press @GilPress
RT @edge: "NSA: The Decision Problem" by George Dyson on http://t.co/tPdNx7mhNN: http://t.co/cLUqWz2zIN. A must-read!!
26 Jul
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
RT @CasparBowden: G.Dyson: "reasonable people might well support..a global Internet memory buffer" for LEAs http://t.co/6uWXSagEoT ...or no…
26 Jul
Chris Diehl @ChrisDiehl
RT @edge: "NSA: The Decision Problem" by George Dyson on http://t.co/tPdNx7mhNN: http://t.co/cLUqWz2zIN. A must-read!!