Wozniak feels partially guilty about NSA surveillance program

By on June 21, 2013, 2:00 PM
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During a recent appearance on Piers Morgan Live, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admitted that he felt a little guilty – but not totally – about the fact that computers and technology created by people like him were being used to snoop into the affairs of Americans. As he goes on to say, computers were intended to overcome a lot of government restrictions.

Wozniak said inventors created computers to free people up and give them instant communication anywhere in the world. With them, people could share any thought they had freely. Inventors didn’t realize that in the digital world, there were a lot of ways to use technology to control people, snoop on them and make things possible that weren’t, Woz noted.

Things used to be different though. As an example, the Apple co-founder recalled the old days of mailing letters. You simply licked the envelope, sealed it and when you received an envelope that was still sealed, it meant nobody had seen it – you could have a private communication. Now because that same message is being sent via e-mail, it’s no longer private and anyone can listen.

Along the same lines, Woz said he was a fan of someone like NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. He said he felt the same way about Snowden that he felt about Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg is a man that Woz said changed his life and taught him a lot.




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1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admitted that he felt a little guilty - but not totally
We cannot blame technology for surveillance problems. The way people misuse technology is the problem.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

We reap what we sow. If we work the soil with compassion, love and wisdom, then we will sow joy and happiness. If we spoil it with selfishness, fear and ignorance, then our suffering will know no bounds.

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admitted that he felt a little guilty ? but not totally
We cannot blame technology for surveillance problems. The way people misuse technology is the problem.

Yeah, no kidding... what're we supposed to do blame a plumber if someone hits someone with a pipe?

As an example, the Apple co-founder recalled the old days of mailing letters. You simply licked the envelope, sealed it and when you received an envelope that was still sealed, it meant nobody had seen it ? you could have a private communication. Now because that same message is being sent via e-mail, it?s no longer private and anyone can listen.

Hey Steve, maybe you've been living on the moon, but the post office is still in business (barely, but they are). Anyone who wants to mail a letter is free to do so. It takes longer and costs $.49 cents, but that's the trade-off for privacy. Take it or leave it.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Anyone who wants to mail a letter is free to do so. It takes longer and costs $.49 cents, but that's the trade-off for privacy. Take it or leave it.
The fact that this is true somehow kills what little humor is involved. I guess in some instances digital is not always better.

Guest said:

Though more trouble, there's quite a few ways to deliver an encrypted message to someone.

Guest said:

Internet surfer admitted that he felt a little guilty - but not totally - about reading that Steve Wozniak likes to gleam publicity by coming out and spouting rubbish that has nothing to do with him, AT ALL!

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

We cannot blame technology for surveillance problems. The way people misuse technology is the problem.

Who's paying you. Skynet?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who's paying you. Skynet?

Ahh, another one that thinks guns kill!

As much as you or I would like to think technology has started thinking for itself, we are not there yet.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

It's all about Wozniak when talking to Wozniak. Lol, he wasn't responsible for gov't snooping, but I love him.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

He shouldn't feel guilty, he should feel watched because the government have probably got an eye on him too.

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