Friday, March 19, 2010

Ted Kaczynski is Sounding More Rational Every Day!

Below are but a few of the tech articles in the news this week. I am up to my armpits in technology, but like the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, I think all of these technological advances can and will be used to strip citizens of their inherent freedoms and privacy, as envisioned in the futuristic doomsday novels Fahrenheit 451and 1984. Stuff like this makes me more neo-Luddite than optimistic.  You can research these articles using the bolded text (on the Internet, of course!)Read on.

Nano-based RFID tags could replace bar codes

Rice University and Sunchon National University researchers have developed an inexpensive, printable transmitter that can be invisibly embedded in plastic or paper packaging, cutting costs of RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags dramatically and replacing bar codes.

Darpa Wants Self-Guiding, Storytelling Cameras Wired Danger Room

DARPA is starting a new program called "The Mind's Eye" to create an AI-based (artificial Intelligence) camera that can report back on war-zone activity with the same detail a trained human operative could offer. (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Google TV Coming to Make Your TV a Larger Computer

Google, Intel. and Sony are working on Google TV, a platform and service that will funnel search, video, Twitter and other Web applications through set-top boxes and onto televisions. FCC plan would greatly expand broadband Internet connections The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday its long-awaited plan to bring broadband Internet connections to every home and business in the United States.

Broadband Trojan Horse?

The Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil a "national broadband plan" Tuesday that is opposed by industry and without any of the five commissioners voting on it. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving to increase the reach of his agency and expand government control of the Web, with "open access" regulations. And he recommends forcing major broadband providers like Time Warner Cable and Qwest to share their high-speed networks with smaller competitors at federally set rates.
- Concerning the RFID tags, I see these as tracking devices for humans and well, everything else.
- Concerning DARPA and AI, I see a roving police force that virtually watches every little thing real time. Any infraction of any kind could result in a fine appearing in your email box, much the same way a red-light camera catches a red-light runner.
- Concerning Google, the FCC, and the expanding government control of the Internet, I ask this one question: Why would the government want everyone to have high-speed Internet access to the point they would have it provided by tax-payers dollars?

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