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George Orwell (whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair) came to mind recently due to the fact that the "Big Brother" he discussed in his novel,
"1984" has already come true, in ways that he couldn't possibly imagine.
Currently, our government is building the Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah (close to Salt Lake City). The complete report, from "Wired" magazine can be read at the link below:
If you don't fell like wading through all 5 pages, here's the short version:
The government is building a data center right now that can capture an unimaginable amount of data on its citizens, including phone conversation, email communications, and even parking tickets.
When completed, its computing capacity will be very close to the fastest in the world. It's so fast, in fact, that its capacity is expressed in petaflops, zettaflops, and yottaflops.
if you think THAT'S scary, our government also has developed a surveillance system called Argos .. from 17,500 feet in the air, it can focus down to six inches off the ground .. it has 1.8 billion pixels, which gives it the ability to achieve amazingly accurate pictures from up high: