when you build something, you have to ask, “how foolproof or bullet proof of performance levels do I want?” the answers is simply a cost-benefit analysis of sorts where you can easily find yourself on the slippery slope, much like security systems, of putting 90% of your budget into a very tiny performance gain. if you are dealing with a human life, this gain makes sense, but for most things, the idea of “quality” is more a perception than reality.
the question usually is not qualitative, but rather, “what will this all cost?” if you have to follow some series of rules and regulations, there usually is a reason as for “why?” some strange rules are in place, or perhaps were relevant 100 years ago, but in the current state, no one is asking, “why?” but rather people just keep doing or building the same thing. when I think of legalism in a church, I get a similar feeling.
while I am truly curious and fascinated what the sensor networks and the way the world will be working for performance and the ability to provide a controlled “optimal” environment for humanity. I don’t think and/or know if people will actually understand “why?” this can be good for them or if this trend will find a few continuing to control the masses.
the idea of technology is that you can get it in the hands of all the people and the world might become more democratic, and be better for all. the current trends I am seeing with net neutrality and the chopping up of information simply mean this great ideal is not going to happen for all. the best access and speed will be parsed out to those who can pay, and probably a lame version of it will be provided to the masses. will the masses feel they are treated equally? or will they say, “something doesn’t smell right here.”
when I see the current news reports and trajectories, I sometimes have to wonder who is actually in charge of getting things done, or is everyone too busy wasting time fighting about the other guy and what they are doing wrong? it makes little sense if you were looking at the idea to optimize things.
about the only thing I see people trying to optimized is face time or camera time. I have yet to see a public official not run to a camera to get their picture taken, or to take credit for things they probably had little to nothing to do with.
come to think of it, what percentage of time does a politician actually use to work versus market/campaign/fundraiser/get one's picture taken? it seems like most politicians have image consultants dressing them to “fit” into whatever the occasions religious/race/creed/color or belief is.
isn’t that what actors do? at least I give them a pass, they are creating a performance, and not thinking the fantasy is the reality. (just heard a tidbit of a politician walking in during a snowstorm in hunting boots and a plaid wool shirt sounding off about the blizzard he drove through to get somewhere to talk – in a chauffeur-driven limousine)
maybe the bullshit becomes reality in one’s mind after so long?