10 Orwellian Technologies That Exist Today
Technology Although George Orwell was a little premature in predicting a total surveillance state in 1984, based on some of today’s technology, he wasn’t too far off the mark. In earlier lists we’ve mentioned a few paranoia-inducing inventions, such as Google Glass, facial recognition software, and brain scanners. 10 Implantable Memories After the disclosures from government whistleblowers such as Manning and Snowden, most of us realize anything we say, do, or look at online is subject to monitoring by a third party. The scientists have already successfully inserted false memories into mice by using optogenetics to turn individual brain cells “on and off.” While toying with the memories of mice is one thing, what happens when the technology inevitably expands to humans? 9Power To See Through Walls Apparently the scientists at MIT have a fascination with Orwellian technology, because in addition to figuring out how to manipulate memories, they’ve also designed a way to “see” through walls.
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