I think I am just about ready to go become a screaming, rock throwing, tree hugging Luddite now. That, or a true reformer starting a techno-commune.
See, if the FDA approves this technology use, that means, like most other things the us gov't puts it's stamp on, that it is well in use elsewhere. To the best of my knowledge, the FDA has never pioneered anything new - they are, however, really good at squelching things under huge requirements and beurocracratic processes. FDA stads for Funneling Dollars Away.
Here is my thing: I love this kind of technology, and the "miracles" applying it properly could create. This only becomes a reality at the sharp loss of privacy. Personally, I am willing to forgo my personal "privacy" and make every detail of my life a matter of public record, providing that everyone has equal access to all the data.
Fuck reality TV - lets make reality life.
Jack everyone with rfid, chips that record their whereabouts, sattelite cross feeds, thermographic transponders - when the tech is available, store live video feed 24x7. Instead of all this information going into covert hands, put it in public libraries. Anyone can look up anything about anyone anytime. The data your transponder records can and will be used against you in a court of law, if you get nailed for something.
I got into this tangle a little bit over the weekend. This is something I really believe in, wholeheartedly. Right now, the tech exists to strip all the privacy from a person, but only certain people have those keys. Put all those keys into everyone's hands, and, in a generation or two, the changes will be so widespread, people will wonder how we ever lived in the before times.
Think of it as the jump from outhouses to waterclosets. Same amount of shit, many more social ramifications.
No more secrets. No more lies. No more blackmail.
The forced ethical evolution implementing something like this would create: unavoidable.
Oh yeah, and, of course, the fascist element - everyone is in, and if you fuck with the tech,