posted on Oct, 3 2013 @ 08:40 AM
With the amount of processing power available today, a cell phone is not a necessary item for a human to be tracked. We have so many unique points of
identification, from our voice-print to our gait, or the way we walk. Never mind facial recognition, DNA databases, or the license plate of our cars.
I have heard that police computers on-board their cars can scan thousands of plates per minute if necessary. So if one is either paranoid, or
understands the potential surveillance ability available in the hands of other people (and this includes ourselves, and our own ability to utilise
this technology if we so desire), one quickly understands it is very difficult to hide.
What are we needing to hide from? Is it the government, or an ex-spouse inclined to violence? Yes, the technology is there, and it's more intrusive
than it has ever been before, but it's also the reality we live in. Owning or not owning a cell phone is irrelevant in my opinion, as either scenario
is a dual edged sword. I personally find the world a far easier place to navigate with a mobile phone, as well as a powerful computer, and these tools
I use are pretty much a requirement for me to exist comfortably in this world.
I don't think we are currently living in a totalitarian society (at least not in Oz), but as I heard someone else say not that long ago, 'all the
mechanisms are in place, someone just needs to flick the switch'. Perhaps I am wrong, perhaps not, but what I do find worrying, and something I never
had to deal with in my younger days, is that data is forever, and humans have effectively become trails of data. That data may be all well and good
now, but when another Reichstag fire occurs, who knows how the rules may change?