The authorities use, as we known, a great number of micro-devices to monitor discreetly pc, smartphone and technological tools. Through them circulate every day millions and millions of informations. In this way, everything that is written is intercepted: email, sms and e-texts of all kinds. Now it seems that Mountain View want to patent an algorithm able to capture also what has not yet been written, that is, read the user’s mind while using Gmail, to block the spread of ideas in case of infringement of laws or if the system believes that the contents are dangerous.
It’s called Policy Violation Checker. An idea that could turn Google into a controller without respite, a kind of self-censorship digital unit for the thoughts in order to avoid that the user writes wrong contents. The Policy Violation Checker want catch the criminal before that he commits the crime. Indicting the thought made up of words potentially dangerous, the algorithm would be ready to lock before the user presses the “Send” button. Protecting him from breaking laws or compromise relationships.
Many observers consider the Google idea a double edged sword. A tool that could certainly be very useful to curb the spread of dangerous digital contents. But also a system of assisted reasoning, a limit that should at least be optional. From Google says that the algorithm, once patented, not will adopted for its products. In the future, we don’t know.
It could be another additional tool, verified the reliability and trustworthiness, but for the moment it’s more appropriate to rely on concrete actions. Already adopt valid devices tested, professional and highly reliable to block criminals on the web, it would be a big step forward for both the authorities and citizens that will cooperate with law enforcement.