If cars are programmed to minimize total casualties (rather than protect passengers), it may be possible to troll a car into killing its passengers.
Once the behavior of the self-driving cars is generally understood, a murderer could deliberately drive another vehicle such that the car will think it has no choice but to kill its passengers. (Drive into a tree, off a cliff, etc.)
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink."
This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.
Agreed. The Feds can't even keep their own data secure, and we civilians are supposed to trust them with ours?
This ought to (but won't) completely kill the idea of key escrow and the Feds logging and archiving private data.
I'm probably more trusting than I should be regarding motives, but I've never been trusting re competence. I've never applied for a security clearance, and can't imagine doing so.
Anyone who did trust the Fed's competence by (honestly) filling out a Standard Form 86 has now been proven a fool - anything embarrassing, or even just useful for leverage (which relatives to threaten...), is now in play.
And these incompetent fools are telling us to trust them with our data?