by Shelt Garner
Let me state for the record that I have no idea if Tik-Tok (or Big Tech for that matter) can read our minds. But if it’s happening, Tik-Tok abuses the technology the worst, given how of all the “Hey, are they reading my mind” abuses I find these days seem to be the most egregious on Tik-Tok.
The issue is — the connection between Tik-Tok and the Chinese government is probably pretty nebulous and difficult to pin down. And, obviously, I don’t know the nature of any putative mind reading technology that may be being used. Is it point-to-point? Is the information gleaned being stored somewhere that can be analyzed? Is this all part of a broader “Soft Singularity” that no one is telling us about? What gives?
What’s more, if private companies can rummage around in private citizens minds using electronics connected to the Internet, just imagine what the CIA, NSA and MI6 can do at this very moment.
But, again — I have no idea if my fears about any of this are real. All I have is a low-grade hunch that maybe, just maybe a Soft Singularity has happened within the bowels of Big Tech and they haven’t told us about it.
Yet, let’s assume that if not now, at some point in the future, “digital telepathy” might be weaponized by both sides as China grows in power and the United States is put on something of a back foot. (Remember, it’s very likely that the United States will become a MAGA autocracy in the 2024-2025 time frame so a lot of my fears will become a lulz.)
But maybe one might find the governments of each country breaking it to their respective populations that they should stop using electronics if it seems like a war is about to break out between China and the United States? If it is, in fact, possible for Big Tech to read our minds and it’s completely unregulated there are so very many moral, ethical and political consequences to deal with if that particular cat is ever let out of the bag.
Having a New Cold War enemy being able to read the minds of your youth is a severe national security issue that might be seen as something close to the dropping of the first a-bomb in historical implications.
No one listens to me.
And this doesn’t even begin to address what happens when the a MAGA autocrat uses “digital telepathy” to read the minds of the American populace on the the DL. Talk about a Black Mirror episode! They could have almost absolute control over the population without even anyone realizing.
Everyone uses a phone or a computer. If someone just vanishes one day because of technology no one believes even exists, well, oh boy.