Ubiquitous Computing has Built Ultimate Surveillance Society

Old-Thinker News | March 23, 2012

By Daniel Taylor

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In 2008 Old-Thinker News asked the question: “Will ubiquitous computing build an ultimate surveillance society?” Indeed, four years later ubiquitous computing, also known as the “Internet of things”, has been announced as a total surveillance network by David Patraeus, director of the CIA.

Consumer appliances are now becoming activated and “smart.” RFID chips and wireless internet connections enable devices like televisions, refrigerators, printers, computers, etc. to communicate with each other and generally make life easier for us. This comes at a price, however. Your privacy is eliminated.

Consumer convenience is a central selling point for ubiquitous computing technology. The well established consumer base for mobile devices was discussed at the March 2008 International Conference on the Internet of Things in Zurich, Switzerland (sponsored by Google, IBM and others) as serving as a means of acclimating individuals to the presence and use of ubiquitous technology. Possible marketing plans were discussed to introduce “self scanning” through the use of mobile devices to “scan” physical products and browse the items on digital mobile screens in a manner similar to internet shopping.

Andreas Schaller, a senior engineer for Motorola, presented information to the Zurich conference. Schaller’s presentation is outlined in the conference proceedings,

“To ensure a fast adoption rate it is necessary to start with low hanging fruit technologies like barcode scanning by camera, which will become a “free” feature for mobile devices morphing into high end camera phones.”

Since then, we have seen an explosion of this technology with smart phones becoming a standard household device. We now demand that devices be “smart.”

David Patraeus announced earlier this month, “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing…” This technology will have a profound effect on surveillance, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft…”

Though Patraeus’ announcement may seem shocking to those who have not kept up-to-date on this technology, it has been developed for over a decade. Hewlett Packard’s Internet and Mobile Systems Laboratory announced in 2001 that, “We want to make people, places, and things web-present.”

South Korea has served as a testing ground for this type of technology. The city of New Songdo was used because, according to those involved, “There is an historical expectation of less privacy. Korea is willing to put off the hard questions to take the early lead and set standards.” This city is now the model for others to follow in a “Planned-opolis” future.

10 Comments on "Ubiquitous Computing has Built Ultimate Surveillance Society"

  1. This will be the last post I put on this website, or any other website for that matter. Party’s over! If you people haven’t figured out whats coming, then you are LOST!

  2. One last thing before beddy-bye. Imagine a world in which you are controlled by feedback. This feedback is broadcast without you quite realizing it, of course. Its hidden in the carrier waves of the world’s communications systems. Imagine how this feedback could be used to cause people to do “things”. Think about it!

  3. The proponents of these new brain computer interfaces claim that they are developing this technology to augment or repair human cognitive or sensory-motor functions, but the same technology, like all electronic technologies these days, is basically going to be used for surveillance, but it goes futher than this. With the ability to access your brain directly an artificial intelligence could make your thoughts become a reality, even your subconscious thoughts, the “Monsters from the id”. Plus, “it” will have the ability to control and direct your thinking, thereby having the ability to cause you to do what “it” wants you to do. Stop and think about where this is all headed! Perhaps these things are already happening? How would you know?

  4. And yet another surveillance technology!

    “High-Tech Gadget Sticks to Skin Like Temporary Tattoo”

    “It…opens up a slew of previously unimaginable possibilities in the field of brain-machine interfaces well beyond biomedical applications…”

    Hmmm? “Always-on” brain state surveillance and brain “modulation”? Oh, yeah!


  5. And, oh, by the way, “Patent awarded for ‘behavioral recognition’ surveillance software system”


  6. Make sure you get your latest home security system too!

  7. Surveillance Camera System Searches Through 36 Million Faces In One Second
    March 26, 2012


    This is but one small portion of the surveillance technology that is being used to monitor and control human beings! The sophistication and speed of the technological beast is far beyond what people imagine! And make no mistake, IT will cause many to worship and serve IT! Many already do!

  8. Electronic technologies have allowed for the increase of knowledge at an exponential rate, just as the prophets foretold. When someone said, “Knowledge is power.”, did this person realize just how much power Information Technology would allow those who conceived IT to be able to wield? Did they understand just how completely human beings could be manipulated and controlled when they set out to create the “Internet of Things”, the “hive mind”, the “Global Brain”? Did they expect somehow that THEY might be able to remain in control of their own thoughts, and those of the beast THEY are responsible for creating? Foolish humans!

  9. Went to a corporate state run store today. Kmart. Bought a few things, some cat litter, some chocolate bars, and a couple packs of fishing bobbers. Got to the checkout stand, swiped my debit card, and the screen asked me if I wanted a paper receipt or to have one sent to my email. I hit the paper receipt button. Later, I picked up my wife and she said, “So, you bought some fishing stuff today I see.” They also sent the receipt to my wifes phone! This is just one example of what this technology can do. The insurance companies and the healthcare industry have much in mind when it comes to being able to track your “compliance” with soon to take mandates! This was well thought out and planned! Takes no imagination to figure out how this technology could be, and will be, used and abused. Non-compliance will eventually make those not complying criminals! Imagine not being able to open or access a bank account without some type of electronic device like an Ipad or Smart Phone. Now, take it one step further. Imagine not being able to conduct any type of electronic transaction without an electronic ID placed literally “on” you. There is no freedom in a “system” where everything you do is under constant surveillance. The utopian idea of a “Planned_opolis” is nothing more than a “Pan-opolis”, a giant electronic corporate surveillance state!

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