Monday, April 16, 2012

Universal Transparency, ah there's the rub


Transparency to the max and how it would impact society is one of the central themes in Arthur C. Clarke's and Stephen Baxter's collaboration, The Light of Other Days, a most interesting SF novel centering on the Worm Cam, a construct using the Casimir Effect to enable man to go back into the past, travel through the solar system and... to eliminate privacy, completely.

The societal implications of tech like this knows no bounds as everything would be seen by everyone 24/7. The explorations into this complete loss of privacy is most fascinating as it's a universal transparency used by all, not centralized as seen in 1984, something government, the Fed and the WS banksters, as avatars of opacity, would abhor without question. Give the book a read, the tech is rigorous, the characters, not so much but the implications, ah, there's the rub.

Enjoy.
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