16
Jan
08

Privacy Invasion – Microsoft Style

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I just read a news article that scared the living feces out of my digestive tract. Everyone’s favorite hyper-corporation, Microsoft, filed a patent for software that will monitor the worker-bees to determine whether they are being productive tools for their corporate overlords. Here is a quote from the article:

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company (Microsoft) for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure.

The system could also “automatically detect frustration or stress in the user” and “offer and provide assistance accordingly”. Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health. If the system picked up an increase in heart rate or facial expressions suggestive of stress or frustration, it would tell management that he needed help.

The corporate facilitation of Big Brother encroachment is advancing rapidly. Instead of the State policing our thoughts, vital signs, and possible frustrations, corporations are pioneering the technology and assuming a proxy role for its large-scale implementation.

Also from the article:

Microsoft last night refused to comment on the application, but said: “We have over 7,000 patents worldwide and we are proud of the quality of these patents and the innovations they represent.”

Microsoft refused to comment on the patent application because they are ashamed of its intended use (and the fear of a negative impact on their bottom line when consumers reject this privacy invasion). When the State employs this technology in the near future, Congress will give legal immunity to Microsoft just like they gave the Telecoms immunity for handing over private user information to the government in the name of national security and the Patriot Act.

The State will adopt these methods and employ them in airports, DMVs, libraries, the courts, and any other public space under their control or authority. In London, you cannot walk through Trafalgar Square without being caught on closed-caption television cameras a dozen times.

We will face many more invasive procedures all predicated on post 9-11 national security fears. The mindless citizens who rush to the government’s tit seeking safety and protection will become slaves to an Orwellian nightmare of governmental privacy abuses and Constitutional erosions.

Fear your government.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. – George Orwell


10 Responses to “Privacy Invasion – Microsoft Style”


  1. January 16, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Heh, they’ve given new life to the paper clip! “It looks like your blood pressure is rising. Might I suggest meditation?”

  2. 2 c
    January 16, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Fear is what lead us to this.

    When i first read 1984 in high school, i thought this is now. And it was. And it is.

    Folks find it more convenient (i believe that of all things, the lust for convenience is one of the very most destructive of our world’s ailments) to let the gubment do the thinking for them. Also we want to be happy happy happy all the time. We don’t want to be bothered, responsible, suffer. i know i don’t want to suffer, but it is going to happen no matter how much my life is regulated by outside forces. We’re trading one type of suffering for another- it’s just that some don’t see the big brotheryness as the bully, tyrant, it is. And lord only knows what our gubment has in place already but has not disclosed to the masses.

    The thing about all of it is, one is never safe. No matter how much we are legislated, relegated, spied upon, screwed, we could still be blown to smithereens.

    i’m babbling. Am i even making sense? Because horror usually begins with the seemingly benign. That’s how folks are lured in. Besides, we’re too busy to dig and think so hard as to consider future implications of the crap presented to us because it’s just so damn <emconvenient. And when we’re all dependent, it gets wicked only it’s too late. We’ve sold our souls.

    Anyway, i’m innately paranoid. Sorry for crapping up your page.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Do not apologize for making your justifiable fears and concerns known to others – it is every citizen’s duty to reject the State’s attempt to unconstitutionally control our lives, thoughts, and speech.

    Your comment makes perfect sense to me, but there are many others who are still asleep. Unfortunately, many of these people use their votes to purchase security, safety, and wealth redistribution policies to make their lives easier. This mob-rule mentality will lead to the destruction of the individual in the name of the collective – led by police-state thugs who use force to implement their oppressive Dystopia.

    Thank you for your insightful comment.

    “Even a paranoid has some real enemies.” – Henry Kissinger
    “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.” – William S. Burroughs

  3. January 16, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I was totally flabberghasted when I first discovered msn live mapping (I think that’s what it was called). I was able to see a picture of my home and my car parked in front of my door. This can, of course, be accomplished in “real time” and at a closer resolution. Big Brother knows all that we do. Believe me. Crime is not controlled only because it’s not fiscally advantageous, because the eyes of satelites shine down in my part of the woods all the time.

  4. January 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    It’s probably just a matter o time until all this becomes reality. One of my favorite movies is Gattica, about the future when genetic engineering is a reality.

    Madame Monet
    Writing, Painting, Music, and Wine
    winewriter.wordpress.com

  5. 5 c
    January 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    i agree, wpm. i liked Gattica, as well as the idea of Demolition Man.

    And then those genetically, intectually inferior will be forced to live separately- living in the “pleeblands” as Margaret Atwood calls it in Oryx and Crake. There will be suffering and gnashing of teeth outside the gates.

    But it already happens, if you really think about it. Only currently it’s based upon economic class. Those with money being able to afford healthcare, tutors, good food and so on.

    Art is becoming less sincere, individual thought scarce, even the smallest modicum of decorum archaic.

    i’m ready to live in a cave! Well, not really, but i’m getting ready to be ready.

  6. January 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

    when I lose an eyelash, it reminds me of Gattica.

    this whole thing scarest the bejeezus outta me


    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    I have even gone as far as burning anything touched by my ejaculatory fluids. Unfortunately, this has caused the premature end of many relationships and a few arson and aggravated battery convictions.

  7. 7 mw (63.80.55.240)
    January 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    u fukn neeegrroooh

  8. January 19, 2008 at 8:16 am

    That is just plain scary. My Grandma used to say it and now I do :’What is the world coming to?’

  9. January 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    This is absolutely shocking!

    Facial expressions??? Give me a break! (What if the employee’s injected with Botox? Will it confuse the software?)

    Seriously, Selma, “What IS the world coming to?”

  10. 10 no1plantman
    February 3, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Man is that article an eye opener to what this country is becoming, sorta looking like the old USSR! I willing to bet that Uncle Sam paid Microsoft BIG dollars to come up with that doozy of a progarm. I cannot imagine what it would be like to go to work, and let’s say a family member had just passed, well I can guess none of us would be smiling. So your a little down and out, and this software picks up on your mood and the next thing you know, your in therapy.

    “How can you tell me what’s in best interest?
    All I wanted was a Pepsi.”

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    And I might add:

    “I’m not crazy – institutionalized
    You’re the one who’s crazy – institutionalized
    You’re driving me crazy – institutionalized”


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