Be sure to take an extra shot of doubleplusgood victory gin when you read this one.
Apparently, CNN is now pushing the benefits of 24/7 monitoring for everyone since it seems to work so well with the one elderly person mentioned in the article, who, they claim, does not consider this constant surveillance to be a complete invasion of privacy. In fact, he likes being watched. It gives him a sense of security.
The sensors know when Charlton Hall Jr. wakes up to go to the bathroom. They know how much time he spends in bed. They watch him do jigsaw puzzles in the den. They tattle when he opens the refrigerator.
Sound like a Big Brother nightmare?
Not for Hall. The 74-year-old finds comfort in monitored living.
“It’s a wonderful system for helping older people to stay independent as long as possible,” he said, sitting in the living room of his 7,500-square-foot house, a sensor watching him from an elaborate bookshelf. “They know where I am — all the time.”
Of course, since the technocracy simply cannot use common sense but must promote the most absurd, technical overkill solutions to even the most basic problems, the story offers this gem:
This type of set-up may only be the beginning.
University researchers are testing robots that help take care of older people, keep them company — and even give them sponge baths. Meanwhile, some younger people have taken to collecting information on their own, often going to extremes to document exercise routines, caffeine intake and the like and posting the data online.
So, instead of encouraging young people to care for the elderly personally, the technocracy encourages them to build robots and collect data instead. I guess it would be completely outrageous to suggest that human live-in helpers could provide these elderly people with not only the safety they need, but human companionship, something they will never get from their robotic hygene systems and automated surveillance equipment.
But, of course, to the technocracy, this human helper approach would be absurd. Not just because young people today are too busy managing their Facebook accounts but because in the technofascist system we live under, the common sense solutions are seen as antiquated and inefficient. They must be improved upon and all traces of a human element must be removed. The inefficient and undependable human must slowly be replaced by the more efficient and reliable machine. Ultimately, humans are simply a security risk to the technocracy. That is why it is not just the elderly that must be monitored continuously, it must eventually be all of us as the article so plainly states:
Jeff Kaye, director of the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, said this monitored-all-the-time life will become the norm for older people in the United States within five years, and will be common for people of all ages soon after