Let me outline how this newly emerged proposal will screw up your life, not immediately, but certainly in the years to come IF it becomes the norm (and how Zoom is doing the same right now, but you don’t know that – yet).
First, a harmless app will be introduced on GooglePlay. It will be tracking you with a view of making sure that should you fall ill – the entire network of your movements can be untangled – all for the good of humanity. We want to ‘beat’ the virus, correct? The app is entirely voluntary of course.
Success of the initiative requires high levels of participation, although exact percentages aren’t known given the unprecedented nature of the effort. Some percentage of users will not opt-in to contact-tracing for various reasons, but there’s incentive to participate.
Nothing sinister, just to save you and yours from the horrible disease, folks, because ‘we care’. I wonder what kind of ‘incentive’ they have in mind.. a virtual sticker collection? It sends the shivers down my spine.
Next, other interesting opportunities will arise in the minds of… opportunistic human animals, of which there are quite a few out there, including the big tech minds. As one of the ‘bosses’ here has expressed to my utter disgust in an internal communication as per my query:
“we will continue to leverage off………” A nice turn of phrase, don’t ya think? Leverage off. In plain English it means that NOW that they have the means of staff surveillance so easily available and tweakable – they will use it to its full potential to …. ahem… keep an eye on ya.
Think of the infinite possibilities. You got disliked by the boss? You spoke too much on the subject of improving company communication? We have some dirt on you (whatever the nature is, any information/happenstance can be spun in numerous ways. Even your five minutes ‘late for work’ can be now presented as crime against humanity, and we have the evidence!! Your whereabouts are recorded electronically, even videotaped, and you don’t even know the content of that shit, because your level of access is below that of the monkeys who control you.
So you think it will not touch you personally? What’s the big deal, right? “I have no secrets, my life is an open book”, I hear you say.
Sure. It’s open.. until it is not, and there is something in it you’d like to keep private. And then you have a problem, because it’s too late.
It IS a big deal. If you think it will stop at just some health tracing and a handful of psychopathic CEOs spying on their workforce – you are in for a big awakening a few years down the line. There are too many of us humans, we are prone to doing crazy shit, and it is becoming increasingly harder to control the population for its size. It is not exactly like 200 people living in a village, and the local King Solomon is wisely and justly putting ya all to rights. That world is long gone and is not coming back. Now we have hoards of human monkeys all vying for resources (still got that job, pumpkin?), the tiny minority who are not parting with theirs no matter what… and they all have mobile phones!!! What a boon! The insidious tech solutions will solve the problem of controlling the tribe, slowly and without anyone noticing the qualitative change.
OK, I am off the track here. I don’t care about the tiny minority; we are all going the same way in the end. Let them make their millions as long as I am left alone to live without a trace. Like the Buddhist precepts you know… leave no trace and all that. But no, people just won’t let one another be. So here’s what will happen after the ‘medical emergency’ subsides: we leverage off.
Meaning… under the premise of future pandemics it becomes compulsory to have the phone with the traceable capabilities that will HAVE to be switched on. Forget about disabling your location or buying the phone anonymously. In the developing countries anonymous option is already not an option by law (not that people do not attempt to circumvent it).
Next, any new communication equipment will be produced with the inbuilt tracers that one cannot disconnect unless you go to hackers. Next, the disconnection will be outlawed, the said hackers will charge handsome sums for the risk; another illicit market created for our ‘common good’.
Next.. you will get a patch under your skin that will perform all the same functions plus some that you will have no idea about. It will also eventually become the law. I mean.. there is already a community in the USA where the residents chose VOLUNTARILY to have the chips implanted. Just one step to the full bliss of integration and merging with the One. Can’t remember the name of the place, but what the fuck is wrong with humans? You may as well place a gilded cage in the middle of the town square and entice them with exotic food and concubines in exchange for their permanent cage time: believe me there will be no shortage of takers.
It seems Mr. Ted Kaczynski got it spot on: we are being rounded up under the premise of technological development.
Now, I love technology. LOVE it, for the numerous benefits it brings to us as species and to me as an individual. I should have been a computer geek. BUT. Give a monkey a gun and observe it shoot off own foot.
This is what humans are about to do with all the technology that they have: they are about to build the cage for themselves.
Welcome to 1984. We had no means of proper technological enslavement 70 years ago when the novel was written (darn, was it THAT long ago?), but finally we do. It will happen with a friendly lying smile on the smartphone screen and a manipulative hand click. It will happen if we allow this to happen. It will happen the same way as it has happened with the ownership of the smartphone: in many instances it is impossible to have a job if you don’t own a mobile phone, to have an online account if you don’t have a smartphone, to do banking if you don’t have a bloody phone and a gazillion other things are made impossible. It will happen because people are downloading the tracing shit on their phones as we speak.
Here’s the rope, help yourself.