I will no longer have to think for myself. Some ‘body of the super intelligent” will do my thinking for me. They will decide “the truth” I’m to believe. Am I to believe the BBC,CBC,Fox,CNN,etc?
Are these the organizations that I am to trust to give me the truth? or are they the ones to be marked as the spreaders of disinformation?
If you are out of work, you may find gainful employment with the “Ministry of Thought.”
Warning sounded on web’s future
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News
Some feared firing up the LHC would doom the Earth
The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web.
Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.
Sir Tim spoke prior to the unveiling of a Foundation he has co-created that aims to make the web truly worldwide.
It will also look at ways to help people decide if sites are trustworthy and reliable sources of information.
Sir Tim talked to the BBC in the week in which Cern, where he did his pioneering work on the web, turned on the Large Hadron Collider for the first time.
The use of the web to spread fears that flicking the switch on the LHC could create a Black Hole that could swallow up the Earth particularly concerned him, he said. In a similar vein was the spread of rumours that the MMR vaccine given to children in Britain was harmful.
Sir Tim told BBC News that there needed to be new systems that would give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources.
“On the web the thinking of cults can spread very rapidly and suddenly a cult which was 12 people who had some deep personal issues suddenly find a formula which is very believable,” he said. “A sort of conspiracy theory of sorts and which you can imagine spreading to thousands of people and being deeply damaging.”