The concept is just by looking at your boarding card; information about your flight can be projected on to it. Or pick up a book or product and you are able to find out more information about it by linking what the camera sees to information stored online about it. It’s an automatic search which is similar to you asking a shop assistant to tell you more about something – it’s already recalling everything known online right there on the product packaging.
But this technology is not just limited to everyday things; “When you encounter someone at a party, the system projects a cloud of words on the person’s body to provide more information about him— his blog URL, the name of his company, his likes and interests…”
This means you will never forget someone’s name ever again; facial recognition software will not only tell you who but what, how and why. It is the ability to transfer information; contact details, community groups – even their birthday, interests or medical issues – without even uttering a single word. Think of it like a car license plate reader for every single human on the planet that pulls up an entire history of data about every product or person you wish to investigate. Suddenly that talking billboard in Minority Report seems so passé.
When you consider the fact that pharmaceutical manufacturers are already considering implementing microchips inside every single prescription drug, which will then communicate to the internet via your mobile phone – implanted chips are no longer science-fiction but a present-day reality.
Combine these technologies, and what we find here is a two-way continuous transmission program intrinsically linked to everyday human behavior and our interaction with objects and each other; all being continually broadcast, monitored and modified.
“Suddenly technology has given us powers with which we can manipulate not only external reality — the physical world — but also, and much more portentously, ‘ourselves’. Once networked the result will be a collective consciousness, the hive mind. The hive mind…is about taking all these trillions of cells in our skulls that make individual consciousness and putting them together and arriving at a new kind of consciousness that transcends all the individuals.”
Yes you did read correctly. There is a very real discussion around ‘brain chips’ which will probably function as a prosthetic cortical implant to enhance our senses and communication/control to improve our performance. It has already envisioned that “general adoption will take roughly twenty to thirty years”. The arguments for this gross invasion of humanity already stem from the widespread use of drugs to ‘improve’ people’s moods as many are unable to deal with their emotions/depressions/tempers in and of themselves, so in that regard this is merely the technological next step of scientific development. If prosthetics, drugs, psychotherapy and cosmetic surgery are all accepted forms of assisting individuals in their interaction in the world, ‘for the good of the whole’ as well as that of the individual, what should be so wrong in this logical progression?
Microphones hardwired into the brain to enable deaf people to hear, or a camera hardwired to allow the blind to see seems the stuff of movies, yet it is very real. In fact in 2005 the BBC reported that a paralyzed man in the US had been implanted with a brain chip that allowed him to control everyday objects by thought alone; i.e. he could think the TV on and off or change channel or control the volume. Am sure there would be many people who could initially react “wow, how cool would that be?” without thinking through any implications. You can guarantee gamer’s can’t wait to get the heads locked into mind-controlling devices by companies like Emotiv when they are released later this year.
It was back in 2007 I highlighted ‘psychocorrection’ being used in Russia and explored by the US Department of Homeland Security to manipulate people beyond their will using ‘subliminal messages to bend a subject’s will, and even modify a person’s personality without their knowledge.’ According to Wired last summer, Top Pentagon Scientists Fear Brain-Modified Foes; the DHS sees a real threat on the battlefield of ‘enhanced’ bionic people being able to resist pain, or know things about the enemy immediately, etc – basically they are going to make sure they get the technology implemented first to maintain advantage. We can fully expect the military to push adoption of brain chips into those serving in the armed forces.
It is these teleontological arguments where the “end justifies the means” that seems to be rife in society today. There is no regard for a higher moral code outside of ourselves and no regards for the Creator or His creation – which is now seemingly proven by science to be some kind of mystical fairy tale. Yet the very removal of a higher entity allows man, any man, to make judgment calls on behalf of other men in as much as a general of an army can demand his soldiers to follow orders even if faced with certain execution. It all stems back to can we trust any human at the top of the chain to be perfect continuously and be beyond reproach? History proves there has been no such mere human –and certainly not with the power to control the conscious mind, via an automated “hive” to dictate and modify as ‘it’ sees fit?
Consider that “in thirty years, it will be possible to capture data presenting all of a human being’s sensory experiences on a single tiny chip implanted in the brain… The most frightening implication of this technology is the grave possibility that it would facilitate totalitarian control of humans.”
Combine these technological advances to what we know of dictatorial human behavior throughout time manipulating the masses for their perverse gain and we really do have a very terrifying glimpse into a frightening future that could be nearer then we all think.
Assuming, of course, you are still allowed to think – independently.
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