I keep close watch on technological development around the world, archiving dozens of articles daily, and I am becoming downright scared by some of what I'm reading between the lines. For example, I see this article, titled Future Wars May Be Fought by Synapses, which details a few examples of how we will soon be able to manipulate functions of the brain, including behavior. Or this article, titled Zapping the Brain with Magnets Makes it Impossible to Lie, which is self-explanatory. Or this article, titled Airforce Wants Ray Guns for Weed Prevention, which details the potential for long-range manipulation of biochemistry, which might make it impossible to grow weed anywhere, ever, because wavelengths disruptive to their growth could bombard the whole earth from orbit.

 

So what's to prevent some government/corporation from figuring out the chemical combinations of thoughts and emotions (as in this article) and FORCING us to behave as they want us to, all the while allowing us to feel like it is our own inclination driving the change in our behaviors? That kind of technology is not in the news yet, but the precursors to it are, and rest assured, if I can think of it so can someone who wants to implement it. It would never be anounced in the news, of course, so we must extrapolate from what news we are given, just what capabilities might be out there, or are about to be.

 

I have a growing sense of urgency that the Occupy movement may well be the last stand of the people, and that if they put us down this time, we may never be able to get back up again. Conspiritorial? Yes. But with all the advances I've seen every day over the last decade, it is far from impossible. And if it's possible, we should be watching out for it, conspiritorial or not, because those in power are drunk with it, and will do anything they can to maintain their sway.

 

Is anyone else as concerned as I am?

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Comment by Martial Epicurus on November 17, 2011 at 9:12am

Whenever I hear of a technological advancement I try to assume the worst because...why not? Whether it's a cool story from a sci-fi novel or some nifty gadget that Batman uses, if it has some practicality, it's going to be developed and used. It's no coincidence that such advancements are usually bankrolled by governmental entities or companies that somewhere are tied to the government. It worries me because all of the money spent on research development kind of forces some utilization. Nobody wants to spend all of that cash in vain. Like a midget at a urinal...you're gonna have to stay on your toes.

Comment by Mike Haynes on November 14, 2011 at 3:29pm

At first glance, your concerns do have a conspiratorial tone, however I'm on board with you about the Occupy movement possibly being our "last stand." Even without the technologies mentioned in the articles you posted, it is possible for those in power to continue exerting their will upon the populous. They feed off of the religious fervor, fear, hatred, ignorance and gullibility of the masses to grow their base and support (via the pundits on Fox News and others of their ilk). 

The Occupy movement has put a small dent in their efforts, but if all the efforts of the movement come to naught, we're all f__ked.  

Comment by Nerdlass on November 14, 2011 at 12:04am

Egad, sounds as bad as Logan's Run... I haven't had a chance to look at those articles... I'll try to give a gander, this evening...

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