by Shelt Garner
I write about this every once in a while because it kind of bothers me. I don’t think Facebook and Google can read our minds in the sense that they can read our interior monologue. I think what they can discern if a particular word is at the forefront of our minds. They have no context.
This is not exactly me pulling something out of my butt — I know for a fact that Facebook has gotten (or wants to get) a patent on mind reading technology. So, it’s out there. The question is, is it being used now and if so, how?
One spooky instance that happened to me some time ago was I started to get some pretty bizarre recommendations from YouTube about safety deposit boxes, World War II and the end of the world. It really made no sense at all. It was quite puzzling.
Then it occurred to me that recent to this, I had been driving around with my elderly dad a lot. My phone was between us and maybe even, in real terms, closer to him than me. So, it would make a lot of sense that if my dad was thinking about such topics at the forefront of his mind REALLY HARD, that my phone was picking up his thoughts and then YouTube was using that information to give me video recomendations.
If that’s not spooky, I don’t know what is.
There are a lot of very dystopian applications to such technology in the real world. I mean, if Facebook and Google can read our minds, what if they record evidence of criminal wrong doing? Don’t they have a responsibility to tell the authorities? And if Facebook and Google have such technology, then obviously governments probably have it, too.
This leads to some extremely Dark Mirror situations whereby authoritarian governments attain absolute control over their citizens because, lulz, they can read their minds via electronics. It’s possible that this very real technology is what our dipshit, moronic asshole fucktard piece of shit “president” was babbling about when he mentioned Obama spying on him via his microwave. I don’t think that happened, but it’s possible that the technology to do so does, in fact, exist — and it’s Trump, not Obama — who is the most likely to use it.
If you really wanted to get dark about such things, whenever the Machines take over the globe, it could be they are extremely sly in the manner in which they do it. Or, if there was some sort of Final Battle between Man and Machine, they would simply use mindreading technology to squash us before we even got around to fighting back.
Anyway. I find it kind of surreal that this technology is obviously being used on us RIGHT NOW and no one seems to notice.