|Sing to me of the IoT!
||[Sep. 3rd, 2015|05:54 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
The Internet of Things, that is.
What I like most about the IoT are the law enforcement possibilities. When you start talking about requiring subcutaneous RFID tags or bar codes tattooed on people's foreheads, the apocalyptic wax apoplectic and that's the end of the conversation. With the IoT, that sort of thing won't even be necessary. If everything but people is RFIDed and tracked 24/7, the IoT can know where a person is and approxmately what they are doing without ever having to tag the actual person. If you have, for instance, a fingerprint activated door lock on every car, when the car decides to allow you to enter, it also reads the RFIDs on you socks, sneakers, BVDs, jeans, wife-beater, and John Deere ball cap. The IoT now knows that you (positively IDed via your fingerprint) are associated with all of these other RFID numbers. Anywhere it picks up any of these ID numbers, it will know that there is a very good possibility that you are present. It will also know things like the fact that a hat is far more likely to be lost or given away than a pair of men's boxer-brief underwear. By getting an occasional positive biometric ID on each person (mostly by requiring them to submit to a fingerprint read before being allowed to do something they want to do like travel, or eat) and then associating all of the RFIDs read in conjunction with that biometric ID, the IoT will know where everyone on the planet is and approximately what they are doing at all times.
If a person commits a crime, the IoT will probably know it and be able to prove it as it happens, but even if someone is suspected of a crime that the IoT cannot prove right this minute, like having Communist thoughts or failing to believe strongly enough in the Official State Religion of a given area, the IoT will be able to locate and detain the suspect within minutes. Someone suspected of a crime will, say, get into a vehicle, theirs or anyone else's and the IoT will instantly recognize them and simply lock the doors and turn the vehicle off, preventing any further criminal activity until the proper authorities are able to arrive on the scene and sort things out. IoT 2.0, say, will even be smart enough to allow a suspect access to a space that they are not normally authorized to enter (someone else's office or vehicle, for example) for the express purpose of trapping the suspect there until they can be physically apprehended.
I envision an eventual extinction of crime and The End of Lies. No one will be able to lie about anything; the IoT will know better. The IoT will know irrefutably where that Snickers bar in your backpack came from and precisely who did or did not pay for it. And the truly glorious thing is that what I am describing here is possible right now! We can do what I have outlined here without developing a single technology we don't already have. And with the further improvement of facial recognition software and the deployment of totally ubiquitous surveillance cameras planet-wide, the IoT will get smarter and smarter and faster and faster. With foolproof facial recognition software, you could effectively take someone's finger print from across the room or from across the street even---and without them being aware of it (that's the coolest part).
It's important, though, that the hardware implementation of the IoT be introduced quietly and incrementally. There are still techno-phobes in our society who, if asked to vote on the introduction of a totally pervasive IoT, would vote against it. But, fortunately, there's no reason to allow a vote by anyone. The hardware can be introduced totally surreptitiously. People will have owned a smart trash can for years before they even know there is such a thing. Like the fact that most people are unaware that almost all vehicles sold since 2000 have satellite receivers and can be monitored and controlled just as if they had OnStar even though most people don't think they have OnStar.
The IoT is the beginning of The End of Lies and one of the largest steps we've ever taken toward a perfect society. Amen (Baby don't you know?).