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V2V Transmitters, Black Boxes & Drones
Time to buckle up your seatbelts, folks. You're in for a bumpy ride.
We're hurtling down a one-way road toward the Police State at mind-boggling speeds, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we've passed all the exit ramps.
From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads "Danger."
Indeed, as I document in A Government of Wolves - The Emerging American Police State, we're about to enter a Twilight Zone of sorts, one marked by,
...all part of the interconnected technological spider's web that is life in the American police state, and every new gadget pulls us that much deeper into the sticky snare.
In this Brave New World awaiting us, there will be no communication not spied upon, no movement untracked, no thought unheard. In other words, there will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
We're on the losing end of a technological revolution that has already taken hostage our computers, our phones, our finances, our entertainment, our shopping, our appliances, and now, it's focused its sights on our cars.
As if the government wasn't already able to track our movements on the nation's highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.
Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seatbelt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.
Black boxes and V2V transmitters are just the tip of the iceberg, though.
The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a performance data recorder which,
As journalist Jaclyn Trop reports for the New York Times,
Indeed, as Jim Farley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ford Motor Company all but admitted, corporations and government officials already have a pretty good sense of where you are at all times:
Now that the government and its corporate partners-in-crime know where you're going and how fast you're going when in your car, the next big hurdle will be to know,
That's where drones come in.
Once drones take to the skies en masse in 2015, there will literally be no place where government agencies and private companies cannot track your movements. These drones will be equipped with cameras that provide a live video feed, as well as heat sensors, radar and thermal imaging devices capable of seeing through the walls of your car.
Some will be capable of peering at figures from 20,000 feet up and 25 miles away.
They will be outfitted with infrared cameras and radar which will pierce through the darkness. They can also keep track of 65 persons of interest at once. Some drones are already capable of hijacking Wi-Fi networks and intercepting electronic communications such as text messages.
The Army has developed drones with facial recognition software, as well as drones that can complete a target-and-kill mission without any human instruction or interaction.
These are the ultimate killing and spying machines. There will also be drones armed with "less-lethal" weaponry, including bean bag guns and tasers.
And of course all of this information, your every movement - whether you make a wrong move, or appear to be doing something suspicious, even if you don't do anything suspicious, the information of your whereabouts, including what stores and offices you visit, what political rallies you attend, and what people you meet - will be tracked, recorded and streamed to a government command center, where it will be saved and easily accessed at a later date.
By the time you add self-driving cars into the futuristic mix, equipped with computers that know where you want to go before you do, you'll be so far down the road to Steven Spielberg's vision of the future as depicted in Minority Report that privacy and autonomy will be little more than distant mirages in your rearview mirror.
The film, set in 2054 and based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, offered movie audiences a special effect-laden techno-vision of a futuristic world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. And if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will bring you under control.
Mind you, while critics were dazzled by the technological wonders displayed in Minority Report, few dared to consider the consequences of a world in which Big Brother is, literally and figuratively, in the driver's seat. Even the driverless cars in Minority Report answer to the government's (and its corporate cohorts') bidding.
Likewise, we are no longer autonomous in our own cars. Rather, we are captive passengers being chauffeured about by a robotic mind which answers to the government and its corporate henchmen.
Soon it won't even matter whether we are seated behind the wheel of our own vehicles, because it will be advertisers and government agents calling the shots.
Case in point:
Google is partnering with car manufacturers in order to integrate apps and other Smartphone-like technology into vehicles, in order to alert drivers to deals and offers at nearby businesses.
As Patrick Lin, professor of Stanford's School of Engineering, warns, in a world where third-party advertisers and data collectors control a good deal of the content we see on a daily basis, we may one day literally be driven to businesses not because we wanted to go there, but because someone paid for us to be taken there.
Rod Serling, creator of the beloved Sci-Fi series Twilight Zone and one of the most insightful commentators on human nature, once observed,
Indeed, not only are we developing a new citizenry incapable of thinking for themselves, we're also instilling in them a complete and utter reliance on the government and its corporate partners to do everything for them - tell them,
...and on and on.
In this way, we have created a welfare state, a nanny state, a police state, a surveillance state, an electronic concentration camp - call it what you will, the meaning is the same:
Pandora's Box has been opened and there's no way to close it.
As Rod Serling prophesied in a Commencement Address at the University of Southern California in March 17, 1970:
You can add the following to that list of needs requiring an urgent response:
Yet while the vehicle bearing down upon us is indeed registered in our own name, we've allowed Big Brother to get behind the wheel, and there's no way to put the brakes on this runaway car.