June 27, 2013
I don’t mean to go all Hal Lindsey on you—but what are we to make of this?
From “The Mail Online,” via the Drudge Report, June 23: “The daily smart pill that can remember all your passwords: Tablets can transmit personal details as they pass through body,” by Nick Mcdermott.
Courtesy of Motorola, we now have this: “Electronic devices can read a unique signal coming from a chip in the pill *Sensor works inside the stomach and is powered by the stomach’s acid *Controversial technology developed by California-based Proteus Digital Health *Pill has been approved by European and American food and drug regulators.” It’s neither a food nor a drug, but don’t let that hold things up. And “Proteus” in Greek mythology is a shape-shifter, a creature of deceit.
From the Bible: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)
This little doohickey from Motorola is described as “a minute chip that transmits an individual’s personal details” such as passwords, passports, and other forms of identification—for starters. You swallow it like a pill “every day for a month,” and it “sends a tiny signal that can be read by mobile devices,” so that “your body becomes your identification token.” Finally, “The company is also exploring the use of electronic tattoos that contain personal identification data.” The report doesn’t say that these tattoos will be imprinted on your right hand or your forehead.
This will free us from the annoyance of having to remember a passel of computer passwords, or having to produce documents like a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate (unless you’re the president), etc.
Best of all, we can absolutely, positively trust the government not to change the daily smart pill without our knowledge or consent so that it also gives up more intimate personal information—how you vote, what you read, how much money you have, and how someone else can get at it. The IRS will never try to acquire such information, and neither will the NSA, nor any lawless gaggle of community organizers. Your secrets will be absolutely safe with Motorola.
How do we know this? Well, I mean, really—our country’s rulers are of such high moral character that they would never try to take advantage of “smart” technology to oppress anyone because of his religious beliefs or political affiliation. If you can’t trust your government, who can you trust?
Take, for example, a certain U.S. Senator who has been in the news lately. He’s a modest man, so I won’t use his full name. Let’s just use the nickname bestowed on him by some of his adoring constituents: Ho’master Bob.
Ignore those nasty news reports that somehow creep into the papers now and then: how Ho’master Bob entertained himself with teenage prostitutes on a junket to the Caribbees, and then refused to pay them, or how he arranged very costly trips and entertainments for his donors, using public money to pay for it. Dismiss from your mind the latest scandal—that he flew a married woman down to a posh tropical resort and did a lot of hanky-panky with her, and blocked the nomination of a U.S. attorney who was investigating her shady business dealings.
You may freely disregard all this: Ho’master Bob is all right, a pillar of the Senate, eminently fit to decide the destiny of this great nation. And Capitol Hill is full of characters every bit as clean and upright as he is.
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Surely you can’t believe for a minute that he and his colleagues would ever make like the Beast of Revelation, and use your private, personal information to control every aspect of your life. Why, that’s as silly as imagining that your Dept. of Homeland Security, or your Dept. of Health and Human Services, would want to do it!
Don’t you want to be “smart”? If “smart growth” is good for your town, and a “smart meter” is good for your home, won’t the “smart pill” be just as good for you?
All you have to do, to tap-dance your way into this utopia of smartness, is to keep on electing and re-electing Ho’master Bob and all his friends. If the Senate doesn’t know what’s best for you, who does?
Keep them all in power, let them have their way, and you’ll never again be bothered with having to make an important decision of any kind.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com