Most of us don’t really know the power of the chip – as in computers and the internet and all that. For instance, already 62% of all traffic on the internet traffic is driven by machines. Robots. The term used to describe this phenomena is M2M (machine to machine). It is a smidge frightening to consider how much of our lives are already machine-determined.
But that is NOT news.
The growth of that new ‘power’ is news, however. It is, of course, exponential and the growth is already uncheckable. Unhindered. They can’t stop it. Like Moore’s Law that prophesied the doubling of computer power every two years, so is that machine power being more and more distributed among non-sentient watchers and actors. Put another way: the internet today is the size – relatively speaking – of a golf ball. By 2025 it will be the size of the sun.
Apparently we make more transistors today than we grow grains of rice!
“So, what has that to do with politics?”
Michael Soma was convicted of ‘interfering’ with the 2011 Federal election. He was the one ‘tapped’ to take the fall for the robo-call scam that deceived voters during the last federal election to favour the Conservatives. Back when the internet was not even the size of the alluded-to golf ball, our politicians were employing ‘dirty tricks’ (like Nixon) updated to suit the times. Soma was the then-wunderkind who applied the robo-calling plan. There are other plans. There are other strategies. There are other wunderkinds. And they all change with the times.
And the times they have been a-changing. Quickly.
There are numerous proven incidents of electronic voting tampering and many more suspected (who can forget Bush vs Gore?) for the longest time. I doubt very much that that kind of skullduggery will change. So why wouldn’t a party that is already proven to employ such tactics NOT do it again? Especially since the tactics have been improved so much in the last few years?
Put another way: I do not know of one person who voted Conservative in the last election. I do know some who admit to having voted that way two elections back but I no longer know (with one possible exception) of anyone who would vote Conservative today.
My statement: If they win again, they cheated. Whether we ever find out the truth, whether they are ever caught, whether or not the people ever suspect it, I am sure they already cheat (Soma) and, with improved computer power, they are going to cheat better and more effectively than before. At the very least, they have a few more Michael Somas to throw under the bus – that is for sure.
Bottom line: voting may already be totally shanghaied.