Thursday, May 04, 2006

Talk is cheap. It keeps them willingly under surveillance.

Aldous Huxley, I reckon, was only partly right about technology in Brave New World. He thought eugenics was the key to world governance. Actually, it turned out to be the insidious technology of communication. Take mobile phones as a case in point. By making them an affordable status symbol of contemporaneity, technology has made people wireless yet willing collaborators in their own surveillance. Now the powers that be can know where you are and what you are up to at any precise moment. And, what's ironical is that you are picking up the tab for your watchers. Similarly, the photophone has spawned a network of unwitting spies. The Big Brother may be watching you through whose cellphone you can never tell. So what about the emerging biometric technology of scanning fingerprints before permitting access to the ATM? Read an article on this topic at

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