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