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Freedom Of Thought And Information: Quotes.

March 22, 2017

If the ruling elites want to establish global control they need to be able to control all information the general population have access to. The idea of controlling information in order to limit the ability to think and develop ideas served Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and many other dictators well but was completely exposed by George Orwell in the novel ‘1984’.

In recent decades the technique for controlling thoughts and ideas has been more subtle, but that has not prevented many commentators higlighting what is going on.

“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” — Howard Zinn, historian and author

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity” – much less dissent. Gore Vidal

“Understand that all battles are waged on an unconscious level before they are begun on the conscious one, and this battle is no different. The power structure wishes us to believe that the only options available are those which they present to us, we know this is simply not true.” – Teresa Stover

“People in the West need to understand that if the news they receive bears on the interests of the US military/security complex, the news is scripted by the CIA. The CIA serves its interests, not the interests of the American people or the interests of peace.” – Paul Craig Roberts

In the years the USA could claim with some credibility to be the only global superpower, the elites managed to gain control of print and broadcast media throughout the developed world. Unfortunately the technology developed as a tool to to enhance the ability of the elite to control information while maintaining the illusion of freedom, The Internet, backfired on them. The General public forever despised by intellectuals and derided by the elite and the media proved to be a lot more intelligent and adaptable than ‘the controllers’ suspected.

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Social Media: A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

August 6, 2015

Because this blog platform is closing in a few months, it is quite appropriate to bring an article from Wolf Street blog to your attention. Because you see, when I warned that Google, Facebook and other cybernazis, while paying lip service the the idea that the internet was freeing information and connecting us with everybody in the world, their corporate policies were actually leading towards a situation in which information was controlled by a few global bureaucracies and supposedly capitalist corporations, and thus free speech was limited.

OK, hands up anyone who did not know Google and Facebook were both started with money from a ‘Venture Capital’ investor that is know to be a front for the CIA. Well you know now, OK.

The science heads, tech heads, authority worshippers and leftist sheeple called me a conspiracy theorist of course. But as I said back in 2006, if we embraced the idea that everything should be connected to t’internet, we would surrender our liberty to corporate interests.

The crowd are catching up with me it seems.

A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

By Fabius Maximus, Wolf Street a multi-author website with a focus on geopolitics:

The internet is a mirror in which we can see important aspects of America. Businesses funded by speculation (greed) struggle to survive in an era of few opportunities and falling investment, while high technology and rising inequality reshape America. The social media stocks are in this maelstrom, as virtual advertising space grows faster than their audience and advertisers dollars. Publishers grow desperate, try ever more intrusive ads. Few will survive.
The race for revenue on the internet

The evolution of the internet is best seen in terms of what pays for it: banner ads, then pop-up ads, then auto-run video ads, and now “integrating” the content with the advertisements (these trends often end by debasing the product). It is an evolution to increasingly intrusive ads, forcing people to either spend more of their time killing the ads — or installing ad blockers (which are in a Red Queen race with the developers of ad technology).

Don’t blame the managers of these companies. That’s as foolish as blaming airlines for the poor service that accompanies the cheap fares we demand. We don’t pay for most of the information and many of the services we get on the internet. As Andrew Lewis said: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” So we have no grounds to complain.

The managers know the futility of this race they’re locked into, but they’re desperate.

Read the rest at Wolf Street >>>

Virtual ID has arrived – why you should resist taking it up

November 4, 2014

Every human being (and their dogs) in Britain is to be provided with a government-backed virtual ID to store personal data online, file tax returns and apply for driving licences through a single portal, the lead story in The Times informs us today.

Now you may hear Labour supporters and others of the authoritarian left screaming that the plan exposes the intention of The Conservatives to create a police state, do not be taken in; this is the idea floated by Labour under Blair to compel us all to BUY and electronic ID card which would replace our passport, driving licence and be the only way of accessing government services to claim benefits, seek healthcare or deal with any government department. That plan was shelved due to firce and overwhelming public opposition but at the time sceptics and dissident organisations were warning bureaucrats never abandoned a plan to extend their tyrannical reach.

And now with the Conservative led coalition facing an election in less than twelve months and the civil servants and public service unions desperatle wanting a free spending (and borrowing), personal liberty curtailing, Labour government back in power because Labour always presides over a massive increase in the size of government, we see the ID card idea back with slightly less scary window dressing. Within a year of their launch, more than half a million people are expected to start using the new “Verify” scheme to prove their identity, under a radical expansion of public services available online.

And how many years will it be before they are compulsory and beining outside one’s home without an official permit is an arrestable offence (bright sparks may recall this was part of the Labour ID card scheme)

Most people don’t have a clue what manner of government control over our personal liberty with personal electronic ID will pave the way for. A massive US government and corporate partnership has been developing “web ID,” a master password matching you with your online activities which the partnership hopes to sell to governments around the world. It is one gate by which all will enter. And one gate means one gatekeeper. The virtual ID is the final step into a world of global fascism. Why do you think the Obama administration in the USA has been so keen to try to subjugate nations whose governments are likely to resist its global hegemony?

The purpose of this scheme is to eventually be able to verify every single person who uses the web. You will have one master password for all of your use and transactions. It will link to your biometric ID which will include fingerprints, iris regognition facial recognition and voice patterns. The intention is that the system will track and store your every action, location and much more. Without it you will not be able to buy a radio or TV, take a flight, transact money, get a job, claim benefits, pay your bills or see your doctor. It will be a universal aggregator of your data.

And what do you think will become of your right to free speech or personal protest then? Too effing right they’ll disappear, faster than a white rabbit in a magician’s hat. And you too, think about it, the human you will cease to exist as far as the intitutions of state are concerned, no virtual ID, no you. Your online presence will be your only existence.

As the system rolls out it will become ‘internationalised’ (whatever that means, it can’t be good for our personal liberty). When Virtual or Smart ID becomes mandatory as it will because there is no point in these cards unless every human being is required to use one, privacy will be gone forever.

As Edward Snowden said GCHQ is more dangerous than the NSA and without Snowden we wouldn’t even be aware of the curently possible privacy breaches in the first place let alone a full-on biometric ID with all your personal data in the hands of government agencies. They will use it to control you, abuse it to rob you of your human rights and sell it to corporate interests so they may more easily steal from you. People are individuals not assets to be exploited and controlled, which is what this latest corporate – bureaucratic fascist abomination is about.

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A second German Aviation expert Has Said MH17 Brought Down By Air To Air Missile

July 30, 2014

From an expert point of view,” the launch of the Malaysian Boeing was “ruled by an indigenous air defense missile with high probability” on July 17 on the Eastern Ukraine. This is the assessment retired Colonel Bernd Biedermann in an article for the daily newspaper published in Berlin “new Germany” (Thursday edition).

Had Splitter a surface to air missile hit the plane, it would immediately catch fire, argues the NVA anti-aircraft missile specialist. Cause is the “big frictional heat that generate splinter on strike-through of the missile. A single contains the same kinetic energy as a 40-ton freight car that runs 60 kilometers per hour on a buffer.”

In the case of Malaysian Boeing scattered fires had broken out after the impact with the ground, because hot aircraft parts had come in contact with combustible materials. Biedermann is familiar with Soviet and Russian air defense technology, he led units in the duty officer system in East Germany and taught at the Military Academy in the field of anti-aircraft missile troops.

To see the article in the original German follow this link:
http://www.presseportal.de/pm/59019/2791311/neues-deutschland-nva-raketenspezialist-mh17-nicht-von-boden-luft-rakete-abgeschossen

(The translation above is via Google translate (i.e. not perfect) because I speak a little Swedish but no German beyond tourist phrases.)

And here’s another view from Investment Watch

Articles are beginning to appear across the Web to the effect that Angela Merkel is disturbed by (and growing tired of) the incessant US propaganda being emitted in favour of its energy agenda….and so we must perhaps in turn view these articles in the light of her alleged new agenda concerning the creation of an alternative bloc to that of America. (More on this here in the near future).

But spin or not, these analyses make sense. The US State Dept has now shifted its position from ‘Russian atrocity’ to ‘tragic accident’. The above opinions suggest that neither are true: they suggest strongly that the Ukrainian air force took out MH17.

Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/new-mh17-sensation-german-experts-point-finger-at-ukrainian-air-force-jets/#MZC4L3eWxjKRIQcO.99

If any stupid little tit comes along saying he’s a scientist so that proves he’s right and that because I question the western propaganda it means I believe the Russian propaganda and he knows better because he’s a scientist (read the comment thread on this blog and you will understand what I mean), just remind yourself that a scientists does not jump to conclusions but considers all the evidence and delivers a considered opinion. Further remind yourself that “Well Barack Obama said so,” does not constitute evidence.

So far the Russians have offered evidence but it is not conclusive. The government in Kiev have offered evidence that has been quickly exposed as fake. And a spokesperson for the US State Department has directed American news reporters to social media if they want evidence. So do you support the gullible idiot who believes every word that comes out of the teleprompter of the proven liar barack Hussein Obama, or do you look at ALL the reports and make up your own mind that a wise person would decline to pass judgement until an independent inquiry has published its findings?

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EU taking on Google – Well One German Publisher Is

July 7, 2014

Those New World Order fanatics at The Guardian, bless them, seldom miss a trick when it comes to promoting the single European Superstate and the globalist agenda. Their latest misrepresentation is to try and make us feel the European Union is somehow protecting our freedoms even as the bureau rats of Brussels are taking them away.

The fight to stop Google grabbing control of all the information in the world is not being led by Junkhead, Van Rompuy-pumpy, Baroness Ashton and the rest (they are pushing the neo-feudal Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which would enable corporations like Google to override sovereign laws made by national governments) but by a German publishey big German publisherr – a very big and influential German publisher.

Mathias Döpfner  is CEO of Axel Springer SE, Europe‘s biggest newspaper publisher, which owns its bestselling tabloid, Bild. His stated mission declares that Springer should become “the world’s leading digital publisher ” This conflicts just a tad with Google’s  stated mission that their aim is to become the world’s ONLY digital publisher.

Axel Springer prepared to defend their position by introducing a partial paywall for Bild’s online offering, bought  TV news channel N24, and repositioned the print publishing operation behind  flagship broadsheet, Die Welt, so that the web editors now commission content and a team of 12 editors compile the print edition from the online bounty.

Then Döpfner, a former journalist himsel felt it was time to pick a battle with the biggest player in new media: Google.

In April 2014, he lobbed a grenade in the form of an open letter to Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, in which he accused the Search Engine Giant of operating a business model that “in less reputable circles would be called a protection racket”, and of discriminating against competitors in its search rankings (Google deny this but it is very obviously true). Google’s motto was “if you don’t want us to finish you off, you’d better pay”, he wrote .

Last Wednesday, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We need a simple rule of fair and transparent search criteria, and I think the product that has the highest traffic should be on the top rank and the product that has the lowest traffic should be on the lowest rank. But unfortunately, Google is not respecting that.”
In a speech on Monday, Döpfner went even further, saying that Google was “abusing its dominant position”,  This looks like hypocrisy coming from the head of a media empire which for decades abused its dominant market-position in the German media to impose a reactionary agenda on policymakers, but on the other hand it is no more hypocritical than google whose corporate motto ought to read “Don’t be evil, that’s our job“.

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Intrusive Technology, Evil control Freaks, The Dystiopianometer

March 29, 2014

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Man = machine (picture blogspot commons)

Some time ago Boggart Blog invented the Orwell – Huxley – dick index to chart our descent into a dystopian society that lets the oligarchs live in splendour while the rest of us poor punters try to scrabble a living in the lawless, uncleaned streets. We have reported on progress towards the total surveillance society, the use of mass media in manipulating behaviour and the development of new and ever more intrusive technologies to report our activities and get instructions and “advice” from data centres right in our faces. The powers that be are ever encouraging their pet scientists to work on transhumanism, turning us all into cybodgs, part human, part machine, remotely controlled from a data centre.

And yet we are told the machines are our friends, and the intrusions into our privacy are for our benefit. as if we all need to be watched over by Machines of Loving Grace because after a few million years of evolution, most of which for our ancestors was a daily struggle for survival, we can’t cope alone.

The mistake many people make is to think technology is evil but cannot be resisted. Technology is dumb, you may have heard idiot scientists blethering about artificial intelligence but with a long career in computers behind me, talk of intelligent machines that think like humans only demonstrates an inability to yell the difference between science fiction and reality. Technology is not evil, but too often the people who control it are. On the good side however, we can resist them, all we have to do is think for ourselves and question everything.

In a secular sense evil is not about horned beasts that fart pure hydrogen sulphide. It is about total selfishness and lack of empathy with other humans and therefore a complete disregard for their needs, feelings and wellbeing.

It was always obvious to people working in information technology that while it offered the potential to improve life greatly, it could also easily become a gift wrapped opportunity for fascistic organisations to control information, suppress free speech and manipulate behaviour.

The extensive and intrusive surveillance carried on by the US, UK and EU governments demonstrated the ability of the sick individuals who control technology to create a Panopticon, a prison society with inmates (us) under total surveillance. all the usual suspects are still in the game of course, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon (who surely have developed artificial stupidity rather than artificial intelligence), Cisco, Apple, along with governments.

In the most recent example of corporate fascism via technology, a leading IBM official has resorted to threats and bullying and urged the world to “embrace” ubiquitous surveillance of the public through biometrics, because, he argues, it is too late to fight against it. (“Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated,” to quote Star Trek.)

“…trying to stop this would be fighting the wrong battle.” said Peter Waggett, Programme Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group.

“We’re fighting the wrong battle when we ask should we stop people being observed. That is not going to be feasible. We need to understand how to use that data better,” Waggett added, speaking at a Nesta panel debate on biometrics.

“The information is out of the bottle already — we have to deal with the issues surrounding it now. Embrace the challenge of what we’ve got, embrace understanding it and focus on what we can do with that new data.” he argued, urging people to stop worrying about preventing such surveillance from becoming a societal norm.

“I’ve been working in biometrics for 20 years, and it’s reaching a tipping point where it’s going to be impossible not to understand where people are and what they are doing. Everything will be monitored.” Waggett continued.

A big worry to privacy campaigners, Waggett’s words are all the more scary given that he also heads the BSI British Standards Biometrics Committee – a group set up to develop formal standards in the area of biometrics and promoting their use by government and industry.

During the debate, Waggett referred specifically to depictions of biometric technology in dystopian films such as Minority Report, arguing that such technology is now already in place and unavoidable.

In the film, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s story, the public are under total surveillance from biometric technology linked to massive distributed databases. This snooping is as yet usually used for targeted advertising and the encouragement of mass consumption.

It will not stop there however. The corporate cartels want total control and will stop at nothing less, while the biggest flaw of the scientific (semi – autistic) mindset is it must always go further. Ethical constraints do not exist for such people and ” because we can” is always sufficient justification for doing anything.

The pressure to ID people everywhere they are and whatever they do is growing. Insane, neo Nazi ideas like “the internet of things,” (washing machines and fridges that tell the government about you) will progress it, Waggett noted arguing that people’s biometrics should be made more readily available, by which we must assume that IBM are pushing the idea of RFID chips implanted under our skin. The technology is more sophisticated but the social environment promises to be as oppressive as that of the Big brother regime envisaged in George Orwell’s novel 1984

“Privacy campaigners want to block facial recognition to stop people using invasive technology, but I think a lot of these things can be used for good.” Waggett added, without actually mentioning what good such developments can do.

IBM has recently made headlines because of its involvement in the NSA surveillance scandal. The company is being sued by shareholders for an alleged failure to disclose its involvement in the PRISM program for spying in citizens. The company denies it co-operated with security agencies and claims it has never given customer data or software keys to anyone.

Of course, the company’s shady past with regard to working directly with tyrannical governments to enslave and people is well known. ..

In this context, Waggett’s declarations on how we should all just stop worrying and learn to love the servitude that will be our lot in this Brave New World that is so like the one invented by Aldous Huxley will be greeted with contempt by those of us who are awake to how our world is being hijacked.

The needle of the Orwell Huxley Dick dystopianometer is creeping up.

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Flight 370 Cyberhijacking? Told You So.

March 22, 2014

As ever mainstream media is playing catch up as Boggart Blog sets the pace. Regular readers will be aware that earlier in the week we told you the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing777 had been highjacked in mid flight by military aircraft equipped with AWACS technology and flown to the American air base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.

Why mainstream news organisations were not reporting this is a bigger mystery that the disappearance of the aircraft and its passengers. FFS it was staring them in the fucking face.

Well half a week behind the news, after time spent chasing dragons and unicorns round the Southern Ocean, traditional media is at last toying with the with the idea of “cyber hijacking” as efforts to explain away the mystery with something that sounds logical but does not implicate the United States government in malfeasance become increasingly incredible.

As well as using a modicum of common sense at last, many commentators are wondering for how long the possibility of a remote control hijack has been possible and why the public hasn’t been warned of this threat.

Well I’m getting ready to open the wine now, but this video from boilingfrogs.com can throw some light on any questions you have.

Zombie Apocalypse: Are You Already A Zombie

March 20, 2014

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Shaun of the Dead with his best mate flee Zombie Apocalypse Picture Source

Have you been zombied yet. Film and TV shows like The Walking Dead and Shaun Of The Dead aren’t quite clear on how the process of Zombiefication works. Some say it is a virus, others suggest its contagion.

Another possibility is that some kind of brainwashing is involved. And the signs are you could easily have been zombied already. If you are one of those kewl, trendy types who has to have the latest gadget, must be an early adopter of any new technology, even before old cynics like me have had chance to warn you how invasive it is, if you can’t see any reason why a sane person would not want an RFID chip implanted in their skull to interface the brain with Google’s servers because it can only be to our benefit to have one of the greediest, most avaricious and most fascistic organisations ever, spoonfeeding you your every thought, you are over half way to being a zombie.

Really RFID tags are so passe darlings and Google Goggles, the eyewear that gets Google right in your face right around the clock can’t really be considered invasive compared to the shit that’s being planned now.

Infinitesimally small cameras contained in a pill will allow you to take high definition 3-D “selfies” of your insides; electronic tattoos that authenticate your body the way a password does, robot mosquitos to inject us all against the latests pandemics imagined up by Big Pharma in their constant quest for taxpayers money (Big Pharma are like Corporate Zombies, effing useless but always hungry) the future is turning out to be creepier Blade Runner said it would be.

The world is bad enough with vast swaths of disconnected, socially incompetent people wandering through it like techno zombies, ignoring the reality, only interacting with their gadgets.

When you dine out look around the restaurant, half the tables are filled with people who aren’t giving their companions half as much attention as they are giving their gadgets. Can’t they engage with humans or are they afraid that if they piss off their smart phone or tablet it might dump them.

Its the same in the theatre or at a gig., people aren’t watching and listening to the actual show while they are there: they are recording it on their smart phone or streaming it to their mates.

But all this tech addiction pales compared to what makers claim will happen when these sad nerds the new “Android Wear” smart watch that was just announced. Check out the commercial for yourself:

It is a gross misrepresentation of course. The first thing that happens when people become addicted to technology is they stop washing and so quickly start to look and smell like movie zombies. Which means you would not see clean, shiny people getting so close. Full Transhumanism is then just a few short steps away.

Android Wear is a hugely unstylish watch-like device that runs Google Now. The commercial shows people literally talking to their wrists all day as the little smart watch feeds them information about every thing they are doing as they go about their daily lives.

Wired is calling it “Google for your Body.”

Google Now is described by the controlling nerds as an electronic “smart” personal/social assistant that, according to the Wikipedia entry on it, “uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services.

I can see someone like me getting so infuriated with it that withing two minutes it would be dust. Predictive text caused me to trash a cellphone one because it never once managed to correctly predict the word I wanted to enter next. And Amazon’s wonderful algorithm has never recommended a book I wanted to read although it has recommended many I had already read.

Technology my arse. OK, if you see any technozombies, you’ve seen Shaun Of The Dead, you know what to do to them. Along with answering user-initiated queries, Google Now passively delivers information to the user that it predicts they will want, based on their search habits.” You won’t just be interacting with the Internet anymore…it will be interacting with you. Preemptively. In real time.

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UPDATE: Mad Scientists More Evil Than Genius

When we get down to the nitty gritty most of the technological developments described above are pretty crappy in reality, the technological takeover has always been more hype than substance and the cliche Mad Scientists, the evil genius behind them is more evil than genius. To get a perspective on how evil we only have to compare the much hyped philanthropy of Bill Gates, the public Kumbayaism of Steve Jobs and Apple, the contempt for users displayed by Facebook’s Mark Cocksuckerberg and the evil things being done by the “Don’t Be Evil” Corpoation Google.

A good place to start is by comparing their exhortations to be good citizens and all live together in peace and lurrrrrrrvvvvvvveeeee, with their own attitude and that of their corporations to the duties on citizenship. A good example of this can be found in their tax avoidance arrangements.

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Another Technology Evil Empire Jumps On Transhumanism Bandwagon

March 12, 2014

For those who live in fear, everything is a threat
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A company has developed glasses that will give users not only an interactive, virtual 3-D display, but also the ability to spot individual faces among a crowd of people, something the company says will aid police in predicting and thwarting “future” crimes.

Capitalizing on the popularity of Apple’s soon-to-be-released hi – tech eyewear for twats, Atheer Labs has created a set of eyeglasses that give users “immersive 3-D,” surrounding them “with information wherever [they] turn and look..”

Similar to Google Glass, the Atheer One, as the glasses are dubbed, connects to the web, streams videos, and can act as a virtual calendar and organizer.

But in a recent interview with CBS Miami, the company’s founder, Allen Yang, touted the glasses as a new crime fighting tool that will give police eerie Minority Report-like future crime awareness.

Dave And The Internet Of Things

March 10, 2014

Our revered Prime Minister Call-me-twatface has been talking about the internet of things. Now Cammers probably does not understand this phrase probably but he thinks it’s the future because a scientist told him that’s what progressive people are thinking (and to that scientist I say; I was promised a personal hovercraft by some geek on Tomorrows World forty years ago – WHERE’S MY FUCKING HOVERCRAFT?

The internet of things is the latest buzzphrase among those who think anything that contributes to blurring the line between the real world and the virtual world inhabited by “scientists” and other reality deniers is “kewl”.

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There are many emerging technologies that have practical applications than the robot fuck buddies and wearable technology of the internet of things but manufacturers and owners of the creepy stuff like Google Goggles or smart watches that report your activities to a server farm.

Supermarkets are introducing smart shelves, homes are getting smart meters which tell the government how much energy you are wasting, and businesses are all finding ways to connect everyday objects to the internet of things with touch screens, QR codes, RFID chips and other sensors.

Google, being the most evil corporation on the planet, are even working on technology to connect our brains to the internet. All this extended connectivity has officially been dubbed the “Internet of Things” – and someone has told he will sound cool if he uses the phrase. Here’s a presser of Dave’s speech made earlier today:

“David Cameron has announced that the world is on the brink of ‘a new industrial revolution,’ where the internet will allow everyday objects like fridges to ‘talk to each other.’
Speaking at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, the Prime Minister said that ‘the internet of things’ would transform the world, as he announced a package of measures to promote Britain’s position in the global technological race.

“I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change,” said Mr Cameron, adding that the world was now “on fast-forward”. Well Dave might want to live in a dystopia where humans are Slaves Of The Machine but count me out.

In fact there isn’t much science involved that has not been around for years, what drives the internet of things is greed, lust for power and control freakery.

The Internet of Things really refers to seemingly ordinary objects that are programmed so they can make “decisions” based on the data they receive. That information helps people learn and grow from the feedback, developers to improve their products, advertisers to better understand their audience, and most amazing of all, for processes to become automated without human interaction. It also helps governments and corporations to nag us to consume more (and thus pay more VAT) and do as we are told because Big Brother is watching.

Recent technology glitches, covert data gathering exercises and hacking scandals demonstrate that personal data is vulnerable, the internet was never designed for the things it is being used for, such security as there was got stripped out when a scientist decided he could do a better job than the computer professionals and nobody has as yet addressed the failings. Governments and corporations have to invest in strong underlying infrastructure or this information is left vulnerable. The problem with that of course is that a secure internet would be far too difficult for scientists, academics and politicians to use although ordinary punters would manage quite well. We were landed with the POS we have now because scientists felts the systems used with ease by process workers, mechanics, clerks, shop, warehouse and distribution staff and even post office counter clerks were too difficult for someone with a PhD.

This question is being debated now, but in the meantime let’s focus on the fun we can have with some very cool new toys.

“My car will tell me when I need to fill the tank, check the tyres and top up the oil but it will not let me exceed the speed limit”
“My fridge will tell me when I need to buy more butter but will lock itself and warn me that I’ve already had my daily safe allowance when I try to get a third bottle of beer”
“My TV will tell me when my favourite programmes are on then automatically switch itself to a channel broadcasting output approved by the government”
My wardrobe will tell me it is the voice of Azazel and I must go out and kill people wearing silly trousers – oh, come to think of it I’ve had one of those for years. I tried to get rid of it once but it threatened to tell the Police National Crime Database where the bodies are buried.

The world is run by insane people doing insane things – John Lennon

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