Here’s a horrible thought:
All that technophobic science fiction is happening:
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: