Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Thereâ€™s a very interesting TV show currently running on the Discovery Channel called 2057.Â Itâ€™s a three part series on what life might be like in fifty years.Â Theoretical Physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku and others, discuss the current trends in technology and theorize where they might lead.Â Their vision of the future is simultaneously dramatized with actors and special-effects that tell a fascinating, yet cautionary tale.Â As the story unfolds, it reveals some very frightening scenarios about the future and how our lives might be monitored, closer than ever before.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â According to the theorists, the future truly will evolve into an Orwellian type of society where every aspect of our lives will be monitored and analyzed.Â Medical advances in the year 2057 are going to be amazing and living healthy lives well over the age of 100 will become commonplace.Â However, with those advancements will come very high insurance premiums and in order to stay covered, every bodily function will be monitored.Â In the somewhat over-the-top dramatization, a man gets up for work after a night of heavy drinking.Â He knows that his toilet will analyze his urine and send a report to his job and his insurance company, so he opens the medicine cabinet to reveal a stockpile of reserve urine.Â He pours one of the containers into the toilet and relieves himself elsewhere.Â This proves disastrous later on when he ends up in the hospital and needs to have his imitation heart replaced (I told you it was a bit over-the-top).Â When the insurance company runs a scan on the urine from the toilet to the sample at the hospital, he instantly loses his coverage for trying to cover-up his bodily functions through fraud.Â All of this, mind you, is analyzed from a central location which has a link to his toilet at home!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s amazing to me that our lives could possibly become so micromanaged by large corporate entities that even the contents of our pee will be monitored on a daily basis by some bureaucratic watchdogs.Â One day weâ€™re taking our shoes off and wanded at the airport, the next weâ€™re losing our insurance because we had a few too many beers and our toilets nark on us.Â How frightening!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s easy to see, however, how it might get to that point based on how our lives are constantly being monitored already today.Â There are cameras watching our every move at work, restaurants, airports, malls, highways, schools, banks, convenience stores, and who knows where else.Â With personal camera/video phones, people are watching other people every second of the day.Â If you really think about it, you have no idea how many people are watching and recording your every move at any time throughout the day.Â Itâ€™s enough to make you want to never leave your home!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Our finances and spending habits are monitored and analyzed by banks, credit card companies, credit report agencies, investment agents, the government, salespeople, and by just about anyone else with an internet connection and a list of easily-accessible logins and passwords.Â Do you think youâ€™re information is safe?Â Think again.Â There was a recent news story on MSNBC about a man whose entire life savings was high-jacked by someone who was able to access his online investment portfolio.Â The high-tech thief logged in, requested a withdrawal, transferred the funds to a bank account with a completely different name, and was able to immediately withdraw tens of thousands of dollars in cash with no one even batting an eye.Â When the true owner of the money realized what had happened, the investment agency basically said, â€œwhoops,â€ but refused to repay him the money until the man contacted the press and it got out to the public.Â Talk about scary!Â It almost makes me want to stuff all my cash in the mattress like grandpa used to do.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â My point is that technology and advancement is great, but with it comes an incredible loss of individual freedom and security.Â Where will it all end?Â Are we doomed to become just a bit of information in a giant network of data that will treat us like a set of zeros and ones, no longer individuals, no longer human?Â Can anyone say, The Matrix?