Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Odd Observation

I'm sitting at a stop light and I see a church with a sign saying "Are You Chipped?"    I've been driving past this place for two years and never really thought about what it was asking.  Having some experience with the Pentecostal church in my youth I recognize that it refers to the number of the beast and the impending "Rapture".  I also realize that one doesn't have to have a chip to be marked with the number of the beast.  Technology got around that problem and most people don't realize that it has happened.

So the question is this, why in the world would you need to chip people since almost everyone has a cell phone with GPS tracking?  And how many people have bought a car equipped with Onstar?  Supposedly it can help you if you are in an accident, run out of gas, find a restaurant, etc, which means it can also keep track of your daily activities.  Home telephone calls can be transferred to your car if you have to go somewhere and don't want to stop talking.  Obviously you don't need to be chipped if they can track you without you ever knowing it.

Ten years ago Hollywood gave us Enemy of the State and showed how many places can keep an eye on you with you being aware of it and most people blew it off as fiction.  Which it was, but that doesn't mean it was totally inaccurate.  Now Hollywood has given us Eagle Eye and it shows that the technology to track you without you being aware has advanced even more.  I've seen it four times (because of work) and yes, I know it has flaws and that it is fiction, but how many people are aware of the fact that very little of everyday life isn't on film somewhere?

Spend a little time during your daily activities to spot the cameras and you realize that you are on camera almost as soon as you step out of your house.  And that's without a satellite tracking you.  Either way I leave my residence, the first light I come to has cameras.  As a matter of fact, most of the lights have cameras.  In an effort to catch shoplifters almost any store you go into has cameras in action.  The grocery store has cameras, the bank has cameras, casinos have cameras, hotels have cameras, the train station has cameras, clothing stores have cameras.  RFID tracks almost everything you buy at this point and most people don't even notice.

So, why does anyone need to be chipped?


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