Science Fiction: The Future is Now

Here’s a horrible thought:

All that technophobic science fiction is happening:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/31/60minutes/main4694713.shtml

All I can say is: why? Do we really need to so egregiously sacrifice privacy for safety? This is not just going through your bags at the airport here. This is preemptive strike on a personal level. Who should have the power to command such tech? We just spent eight years losing all kinds of rights and privacy due to unnecessary paranoia (and quite possibly greed on the part of powerful people I might add). There’s no guarantee Obama’s going to get them back for us. By the time the next reactionary gets to wreak havoc in the U.S. administration, they’re going to have all this tech to help them. RFID pales in comparison to this.

This is why science fiction has always been so technophobic in the past. Because if we can build it, we are so effing stupid we’re going to g-d well do it.

I’m sorry, but there has to be a line drawn in the sand at some point. You can have your little satellite tracers, your phone stuck in your ear, even your brain implants for downloading physics test cheat sheets and mapquests to the stars. But this is going too far.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start working on a patch. One that keeps a permanent thought in my brain. Any time anybody has the cojones to point one of those beams at my little pea brain, this is what they’re going to see:

$#@$!%!$*^&%# OFF!

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Science Fiction: The Future is Now — 2 Comments

  1. What’s really scary is that the article you point to is busy going “Golly, gee, isn’t this exciting” and not thinking of the downside of it at all.

    There is plenty of technophilic SF as well, but perhaps many of us have become technophobes of late, because we keep seeing cool ideas perverted by those with nasty imaginations.

  2. There are tons more peaceable shields. Knitting, for example. Knitting a complex pattern fills the front of your brain entirely (leaving the subconscious free rein) and would be very difficult for a mechanical reader to decipher. And we haven’t even gotten to the subject of ‘earworms’ yet, the music that stays stuck in the brain for days on end.