“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”

Technology and social control


Fri, May 3rd, 2019 08:35 by capnasty NEWS

The Wrong Kind of Green blog looks at how the effects of the fourth industrial revolution will husher in an era of high-tech surveillance. It seems to be already happening.

“We’re on the brink of a new era. In the coming years and decades, rapid advances in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, data analysis, nanotech, quantum computing, bio-engineering and 3D-printing promise to drastically restructure our societies – much as the steam-powered engine and personal computer did during earlier phases of capitalist development. Coming waves of automation are expected to eliminate the majority of current job categories, raising the spectre of widespread unemployment and the potential for newer, more sophisticated forms of economic servitude and social control. These transformations will take place under the watchful eyes of a high-tech surveillance state, aided by a new generation of AI-driven facial recognition software, and the further proliferation of networked ‘smart’ devices that record nearly everything we say or do.



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