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Everyone relies on software nowadays -- sometimes without even realizing it. But when an entire airline shuts down due to a computer outage, our dependence on technology becomes obvious. (And Skynet is simply reminding us who is really in charge.) Here are a few links on software projects that humans might want to keep an eye on. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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Filed Under: chess, david brin, rybka, skynet, software
Companies: international computer games association

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    Greevar (profile), 1 Jul 2011 @ 9:06am

    Re: Re: Sore losers. He built a better chess program.

    That's like letting the cops search your house to prove you're not a criminal. It's the old assumption that if you've done nothing wrong, then you have no reason to bar them from looking. Yet, he does. He worked on that software and probably doesn't want other people snooping around his code as it would expose his work to people he probably competes with. I have the right to not have others poking their nose in my personal privacy based solely on the accusation of my wrongdoing and demand a search for evidence to the effect. So does this programmer.

    They merely suspect he was cheating and want to breach his privacy to find the evidence that they obviously don't have to support that accusation. They're assuming guilt and demanding he prove his innocence. Since he didn't comply, they automatically assume he cheated and responded as such. We may be a country that believes in "innocent until proven guilty" when it applies to criminal law, but we are very much still of the mentality of "guilty until proven innocent" outside of a courtroom. That's just sad.

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