Originally published by Brownstone Institute.
Apparently engineering researchers at Northwestern University have managed to develop and construct the first flying microchip in the world. But instead of implementing this astonishing feat for the improvement of people’s lives, the opposite seems to be the case.
In a move that casts George Orwell’s 1984 in a distinctly passé light, these well-nigh invisible flying objects will be programmed and used by organisations such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) for population surveillance, to detect so-called ‘thought crimes’ on the part of citizens. Needless to spell out, this will be done with a view to controlling people in a failsafe manner, anticipating supposed ‘criminal’ action before it is committed.
This news highlights one of the values of science fiction: anticipating what may, and often does, transpire in real social space, as is the case here. Anyone familiar with Steven Spielberg’s noir science fiction film of 2002, Minority Report, would recognise here the real-world counterpart of the film’s narrative, which revolves precisely around the ability to detect ‘criminal’ thoughts and intentions in the minds of individuals before these crimes – notably murders – are committed. The difference is that in Spielberg’s film the ability to sense, and anticipate, future crimes belongs, not to technical devices, but to three clairvoyant humans (called ‘precogs’), on whose psychic anticipatory capacities the members of the ‘Precrime’ police unit depend.
Evidently the control freaks of today want nothing as potentially fallible as humans, no matter how psychically gifted, to monitor and control fickle, potentially rebellious people – in Minority Report some divergent ‘reports’ on the prognosticated crimes occur among the ‘precogs,’ precluding absolute certainty of control; hence the film’s title. As if total surveillance via ‘flying microchips’ is not enough, it is reported (see link for ‘flying microchip,’ above) that Bill Gates has patented his ‘exclusive right’ to ‘computerise the human body,’ so that its capacity to act ‘as a computer network’ can be fully utilised. Not only that, but the patent envisages utilising human bodies as power sources for devices coupled to them. As stated in the patent application,
Methods and apparatus for distributing power and data to devices coupled to the human body are described. The human body is used as a conductive medium, e.g. a bus, over which power and/or data is distributed. Power is distributed by coupling a power source to the human body via a first set of electrodes. One or more devise [sic] to be powered, e.g. peripheral devises [sic], are also coupled to the human body via additional sets of electrodes.
According to the video report (on ‘flying microchip’), civil liberties groups monitoring innovations in technology have, understandably, expressed their concern over the attempt to patent human body parts, ‘in this case skin,’ and argued that it ‘should not be in any way patentable.’ They have also raised the question, whether individuals would have the right to decline the use of such technology. As the saying goes, I would be willing to bet the farm that such refusal by those whom the technocrat neo-fascists (including Gates) see as ‘lesser mortals’ would not be tolerated by them (if they are in a position to decide the issue, which I sincerely hope would not be the case when push comes to shove).
Again the prescience of science fiction manifests itself here, specifically concerning the use of human bodies for the generation of power. Recall the cyberpunk science fiction movie, The Matrix (1999), directed by the two Wachowskis (when they were still brothers; they are now transgender sisters), with its hyper-technologised depiction of a dystopian future eerily resembling what has been taking shape around us lately. The relevant aspect of The Matrix’s narrative – pertaining to the utilisation of the energy generated and stored in human bodies, which Gates wants to patent – concerns the division between two classes of people, the ‘blue-pilled’ variety and their far less numerous ‘red-pilled’ counterparts.
The former includes the vast majority of humans, who live in an AI-generated, simulated reality, while lying in pods, from where they supply energy to the world run by the intra-cinematic ‘Matrix.’ By contrast, the red-pilled group, who have (been) awakened to the horror of their blue-pilled condition, comprise the rebels who have launched a relentless struggle against the ‘Matrix,’ which turns out to be an encompassing computer-programme keeping (blue-pilled) humans captive while drawing on their physical and psychical energy to keep this elaborate simulation running.
The resemblance with the present state of affairs in the extant world should not be overlooked: we may not literally be lying in pods, with our life-energy being surreptitiously drained to power the world, but – particularly since 2020, although it goes much further back – most people have been successfully blue-pilled by the technocrats. These virtual somnambulists go about their daily business, blissfully unaware that the media (the real-world ‘Matrix’) constantly maintain the illusion that things are occurring according to a certain causality, which red-pilled individuals know not to be the case.
Just as in the film Neo (an obvious anagram of the ‘One’) is rescued from his blue-pill incarceration by Morpheus (‘Fashioner;’ ironically the god of sleep and dreams, who here acts as the agent for waking up), who offers him a red pill which enables him to join the revolt against the ‘Matrix,’ so, too, the masses who are still oblivious of the status of their ‘reality’ as a media-generated simulation today, need to be given a ‘red pill’ to wake up. Fortunately for them, an organisation such as Brownstone is there precisely for dispensing red pills to those who are receptive to their availability.
The lesson? Even if technological control (over the media, among other things) is constantly tending towards the optimal, this is unlikely to be attained, ever, given the innate desire on the part of at least some humans, to resist such complete control.
Originally published by Brownstone Institute.
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