Big Brother: Making Our Lives Easy and *Fun*!

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Verizon has filed a patent for targeting ads that collect information from infrared cameras and microphones that can detect the amount of people and types of conversations happening in customers’ living rooms.
The set-top box technology is not the first of its kind – Comcast patented similar monitoring technology in 2008 that recommended content to users based on people it recognized in the room. Google TV also proposed a patent that would use video and audio recorders to figure out exactly how many people in a room were watching its broadcast.

This technology will never be used against us in any way and giant corporations would never unscrupulously cooperate with the state to profit from the total subjugation of a people. Having the state monitoring the movements of people in their own homes (starting with the living room but eventually in every room–for their safety, of course–will be proposed as a convenience, but eventually imposed as a civic obligation. Think of how much insurance companies need the information about the daily habits of Americans if they are to accurately project risk. And, of course, a battery of Michael Bloombergs need to watch your weight, your sex lives, and your exercise habits. And what is that you are reading? And thinking? And praying?

Best part: whereas the Soviet Union and China have needed the threat of violence to get their subjects to submit to this, Americans will vie with one another to get the latest upgrades on home spying tech.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    An entire grass-roots industry specializing in detecting and disabling – or at least thwarting – this technology. I have a brother among whose best friends are a soldering iron and a magnifying glass. I would ask him to come to my house, check out my TV and other units, and go to town.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    My wife said the same thing. Big Brother won’t have to come into our homes. We’ll invite him in.

    • http://natewinchester.wordpress.com/ Nate Winchester

      That was actually a lot of the point of the book Liberal Fascism: that totalitarianism is usually popular, and welcomed.

      On the flip side, I doubt this will go too far, because all it will take is for one afternoon of 4chan or reddit hacking a handful of these and gaining info on people, then nobody will dare touch them.

      • Nick R

        “On the flip side, I doubt this will go too far, because all it will take is for one afternoon of 4chan or reddit hacking a handful of these and gaining info on people, then nobody will dare touch them.”

        And thus even the scum of the internet (4chan) can be used for good purposes by God.

  • Tina In Ashburn

    My mother was right! THEY are all watching us through the TV!!

  • http://coalitionforclarity.blogspot.com/ Robert King

    Reminds me of this attempt to find alternatives to the “ever dwindling gas tax”:
    http://mynorthwest.com/11/2145512/Are-you-willing-to-pay-by-the-mile

    Critics have complained about the notion of the government tracking their every move. But Hammond says most of us are already monitored constantly by our phone companies anyway. And there are a number of easy ways to protect people’s privacy.

  • Chris M

    It reminds me of the last skit in Kentucky Fried Movie..


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