posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 07:56 PM
I, as a long time gamer, have always joked, that I'll really like online gaming when the computer can anticipate my reactions in my mind rather than
the delayed reaction through the reflex (.41 seconds), the time it takes for the controller to wirelessly communicate with box (the speed of light
over a distance of 5 feet is negligable), and then the time it takes for my box to funnel through my router, then modem, and then ping the host... all
taking ~1-2 seconds. Which is, as some of you will know, all it takes to ruin a good kill-streak. Now I'm not so convinced I want it, because of the
invasion of privacy.
I believe we as a society need to re-evaluate the amount of technology we allow into our lives, and how many people are unaware of what they already
have in their possession. This is actually a topic we discussed in one of my classes a few years back called 'Technology and Society' were we talked
about the unforeseen consequences of technologies, and how we are more 'sophisticated' than we were when the TV came out, however I'm no longer
convinced of that. Just looking at what the development of the TV did to our society I'd hate to see the next big leap, and Heff, it looks like you
The entire class was shocked when I introduced RFID chips for my current technology report (even though it's been around since the 70s), most had
never heard of it, when I told them they were in most credit cards and every single smartphone, most looked at me like I was dumb. Then I played the
video of the doctor who had one implanted in his hand, and the chip had gotten a virus that scrambled his data and locked him out of his own
protocols; most people's jaws hit the floor. I was genuinely surprised how many people had never heard of RFID chip, and the consequences for them
being in everything.
In the kitchen I work in, one of the cooks had said to another cook that eventually everyone would have RFID's implanted in them or something of the
sort, and the cook flipped out screaming things about the mark of the beast and how she was a good christian, etc.. etc.. all the while waving her
smartphone around. I just had to laugh a little.
So to imagine what the implications of the XBox Trojan, and what the consequences of it will inevitable be, scares the f----ing crap outta me. The
list of invasive technologies is growing rapidly, but to think that it's right around the block before it's on every street corner or building you
walk past is a good leap away. Think about technologies that have been out for 10 years or so, and how many businesses never updated to meet new
standards (and have done fine with out them). I don't think the world of Total Recall is upon us quite yet, but it is certainly stepping into the
realm of possibility.