When it comes to appearance, we are sometimes informally issued a number from one to ten. What if we lived in a world in which everyone is assigned a number that tells everyone ELSE how influential we are, and this number determined whether or not you got a job, a hotel room upgrade or free samples at the supermarket? This is really happening to millions of social network users.
Ever get the feeling you’re being spied on? (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to this show). The Air Force is working on a camera that can track you, no matter where you go. All they need to do is record a few seconds of footage of you, which you probably will not notice is being done, since they can do this from a great distance.
We’ve reported on tracking chips inside your clothes and inside Canadian money (not to mention cell phones!), but now IBM, the company that built the early computers that were used by the Nazis (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) to identify and track Jews and eventually send them to extermination camps, has now developed a radio frequency identification chip so tiny that it can be introduced into food.
Congress just passed the extension of the Patriot Act with hardly a murmur and it was signed into law on May 27. Now Senator Ron Wyden (D Oregon) says that what the public has been led to believe the act allows and how the government secretly interprets it are two different things. The reason is that the government’s interpretations of the act are classified, so there is no way to know how it is being used–or abused–by the FBI, the CIA and other enforcement and investigative agencies.