Recently I read in Yahoo! the following note (dated Jan. 4, 2009) by Matt Dillon, a philanthropist: “'6o Minutes' ran a story tonight about new brain scanning and mind reading technology. According to them — in the future, it may be possible for others (i.e., the government) to read your mind without your knowledge/consent.”
A technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has led to significant advances in the ability to determine what someone is thinking by monitoring brain activity. And it’s already happening!
This new technology, which is quite a scary thing, is apparently evolving with some 80 percent of success, according to some commentaries, and that is something which calls for an ethical dilemma in itself.
Technology always gives humans more power. But in a democracy, the use of such technology is an unacceptable violation of personal, mental privacy. The right to mental privacy is recognized and is protected by law.
That’s why ethical issues as to the violation of moral principles and values are growing in the 21st century. In a democracy, public opposition to any violation of a person’s privacy is not tolerated. And this new technology escalates this violation to unacceptable levels.
But what about the countries in which the people are slaves of one dictator, like Stalin in Russia, or like a group of dictators, Mao and PRC in China?
|China's Army (AP)
Mind reading technology, if fully realized, will provide a new tool in the hands of slave owners to exercise control over their slaves, as I call them. It will be easy enough for totalitarian governments to introduce this technology whenever they want, because the state can do whatever it wants within its unlimited totalitarian power.
This also means that in the hands of new Stalins or Maos this mind-reading technology is a new weapon, as is every method of enslavement, to make their slaves an absolutely obedient instrument of their absolute power.
In other words, the words “slave” and “slavery” will acquire a new meaning: “brain slaves” and “brain slavery.” The brains of the slaves will be open to manipulation by their owner: the slave state.
Slavery already has or will soon have mind reading instruments that will create a new kind of slavery, in which slaves think or will think the way their owners want them to think.
China has 1 billion more people than does the United States, and they can be used to create the biggest army in world history.
Mind reading instruments will make it possible for the slave owners to make sure there are no undesirable thoughts coming from the minds of the slaves in their gigantic army. The result will be one gigantic global weapon of steel, humanly smart, but thoughtless, devoid of any critical ability or fear for the future.
That thoughtless programmed global giant of an army will not stop until it overcomes the resistance of the free-thinking countries.
The thoughtless giant might also use nuclear weapons if their effective salvos are programmed to anticipate and intercept enemy nukes.
The irony is that most new achievements of the free countries that can be used in the armed forces have and are being picked up by the owners of the slave countries. Achievements such as the mind-reading technology are especially difficult for the slave states to pioneer, and therefore stealing this technology is of special value for the slave states.
Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany were not regarded as “slave states.” Yet that was what they were. In the 21st century, the existence of slave states is as possible, as it was possible millennia ago.
Yet today the military might is created by the modern technology developed by the geniuses in free countries, while the slave states are merely taking advantage of it through stealing this technology and absorbing it.
The reaction of the free countries to the existing slave states has been egocentric. I seem to be the only person in the United States to have been tirelessly evoking the ghost of that one billion extra people in the “People’s Republic of China” who can be transformed into the biggest army in the world history.
The consequences of ignoring this threat could be fatal.
Lev Navrozov can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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