People need to do the work to get it right. Computers cannot make those kind of judgements. - Joe Mannix
If you’re 50 years old or more, you probably do. It was a popular TV show, starting in 1967, about Joe Mannix, private investigator. As I became a PI, myself, in 1974, it was one of my many media influences.
The first year of the show focused on Joe’s old-school, shoe leather approach versus his employer’s data-mining use of new technology – computers to do the work. It seemed almost every week Joe had a shouting match with his boss over this very issue. The subsequent years of the series he went out on his own , more Rockford-esque. And was knocked unconscious something like 55 times during the show’s run.
Many of us are concerned about the data mining having been done and currently being done by the NSA, FBI and other alphabet-soup agencies of government. The anti-Fourth Amendment rights abuses are legion in these matters. And wrong.
Not just wrong because of the blatant abuse of privacy, but wrong in the potential for inaccuracies. Joe Mannix was right!
The NSA may be monitoring my email right now. If I use the word GUN. or TERRORIST, or BOMB, or AIRPLANE it may generate additional attention, even from a live person instead of a computer. The same may be said of my telephone conversation content.
There is no more PRIVACY. When did the FBI/NSA et al become the Stasi?
And herein lies the problem. Not just the intrusion, but the misuse or misinterpretation of the intel gathered by the machines.
Joe Mannix was right. And the government doesn’t have enough shoe leather to verify the intent of all the data it is gathering. Before the jack-booted thugs come a knockin’.
Hopefully, I will just be knocked unconscious.
Regardless, someone will be watching, listening and reading.