Because we don’t have enough sources of terrorism false-positives already

Paul Raven @ 03-08-2010

Psychology boffins at Northwest University reckon they can detect “guilty knowledge” with 100% accuracy using scans of P300 brainwaves. Haven’t we reached a point where we should just abolish all modes of collective transportation, close down all buildings and spaces to which the general public have access, and oblige everyone to walk around naked with their ID tattooed onto their foreheads? After all, we’ve handed terrorists most of the victory they wanted by means of our descent into technology-mitigated paranoia, so why not just disassemble civilisation totally and treat everyone as a potential enemy? Better we destroy the freedom “the terrorists” hate so much than let them do it for us, AMIRITE?

Paranoia bonus: for those Statesiders feeling smug about not living in camera-infested Orwellian Britain, GizMag rounds up a few loophole-exploiting surveillance schemes that your own government is using to keep an eye on you. Don’t you feel safer now?

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2 Responses to “Because we don’t have enough sources of terrorism false-positives already”

  1. SMD says:

    I haven’t felt safer since 2000. (I’m in the States, in case the previous sentence didn’t make that obvious.)

  2. Chad says:

    No smug feelings from this statesider. There are still plenty here who fear the “boogeymen”, which means it wouldn’t take much to get us even with your Orwellian Britain.