Why do my thoughts keep drifting back to that dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984 whenever I read of many of the new “advances” of the so-called ‘smart’ world? I suppose the folk at ACEBR would say that I was just a paranoid Luddite. Perhaps so, but consider the wondrous Google/Motorola electronic tattoo that can be placed on a smart phone user’s neck and which could interface with a number of smart gadgets and also function as a built in lie detector? (Below). A handy thing to have tattoed on the public’s necks for the current ruling corporatocracy. In 1984 thoughtcrime is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party. In the book, the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the very thoughts of its subjects. To entertain unacceptable thought is also known as crimethink in Newspeak, the ideologically purified dialect of the party. Google/Motorola’s electronic tattoo would fit in very well with the fictional world of 1984.
Can we trust Google not to go overboard on this type of technology? Hardly. Read Google Thought Control. And then see: Julian Assange’s review of Google’s visonary book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, written by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas.
Also see: The Future According to Google, by Bryan Appleyard
Imagine what it would be like in Google’s visonary world where opting out by going “off grid” will be seen as suspicious and needing special attention. In Google’s chapter on terrorism, in The New Digital Age, governments will be suspicious of anybody who strives to be “online anonymous”. Travel restrictions and even more airline screening will ensue for these people.
Welcome to the smart world, courtesy of crazed geeks and corporate psychopaths….
From The Sydney Morning Herald
James W. Manning
Published: November 8, 2013 – 11:10AM
Google-owned smartphone maker Motorola has applied for a patent for an “electronic tattoo” on people’s necks that doubles as a mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display.
The tattoo would capture vibrations, or sound, directly from a user’s throat, thus eliminating background noise that so often mars conversations over mobile phones.
The sound would then be transmitted from the electronic tattoo, which has its own power supply built-in, to a nearby smartphone via Bluetooth, near-field communication, also known as NFC, or the wireless technology ZigBee.
“Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments … Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and contexts,” reads the patent.
“The system comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body.”
According to the patent, the device could also be used as a lie detector by measuring the skin’s electrical conductance or “galvanic skin response” – the level at which electric current passes through something.
“A user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth-telling individual,” reads the patent.
The tattoo could even be fitted with a display and user interface for inputting commands, such as muting the device and joining a group conversation.
The device also has the potential to communicate with tablets and other mobile computing devices.
The patent, titled ”Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication device” was filed in May 2012, and was published on Thursday in the US.
The neck tattoo is by no means the first foray into creative uses of technology for Motorola, which was bought by Google for $12 billion in 2011.
The company revealed its work with digital tattoos and password pills in May this year, and just last week Motorola unveiled Project Ara – a modular smartphone users can build and add to themselves.
It has focused on a new wearable tech unit since July, according to TechCrunch, while its parent company is hard at work on Google Glass, and is rumoured to be releasing a smart watch next year.
This latest move may be a sign of the future direction of Motorola, after comScore reported on Thursday the company’s US share of the smartphone market shrank from 7.2 per cent in the quarter ending in June to 6.8 per cent in the quarter ending in September.
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