Mind control and the internet

Stephen Stockwell

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The internet is a mass communicating system that allows people to access, share and store information.  Our dependence on technology has allowed the internet to subliminally take control of many things that 10 years ago, would have been near impossible. From marketing to advertising, companies such as Google are gathering information from its users to create a domain that is influenced by what it’s users desire. Thus, the search bar becomes an expectation/trend setter and is impacting the way we use social networks. However, this personalisation Google has created of its users has become a current controversy, as many suggest it breaches our privacy.

Science and technology innovators are attempting to interrelate the human body so that we can be in further control of technology – or in other words; so technology can be in further control of the human body. The ideology of a neural implant is becoming more realistic as we expand our knowledge and understanding of the brain and are finding ways to connect it to technology. Recently as of last week, the theory of a sweat-powered battery that could charge your phone through the implementation of a bio-battery tattoo has become realistic. The desire to harvest energy and power through the use of our bodies has been the dreams of many innovators. With such an fast paced advancement in technology, many internet users are curious as to what the world will be like in a decades time. I however, wish to remain in control of my body. The idea of having something attached to myself to control or be controlled, that I did not create or fully understand is daunting. Such power in the wrong hands, may be disastrous. 

Gordon Moore’s Law suggested that technology will advance every 18 months to 24 months. However, while for over half a century this theory has been successful – it is now approaching a halt, as consumers continue to purchase smartphone technology and microprocessor manufacturers are having less of a desire to meet the expectations of Moore’s Law. The market decline in processors has created an economic barrier that could bring an end to the cycle of Moore’s Law.  

Internet addiction

Parents are beginning to send their internet addicted teenagers to rehab as a way of detox. Many consumers are concerned the influence of violent video games are creating bad habits and traits in today’s youth. However, Dr Daniel Johnson from Queensland University of Technology suggests it may have a positive affect on consumers, suggesting it creates certain feelings of competence, autonomy, reliance and relatedness.

Video games: Teen addicts: In Asia, growing concerns about so-called Internet addiction has even seen parents send their teenagers to rehab centers in order to detox. [online]. ABC News WA (ABC1 Perth); Time: 19:00; Broadcast Date: Saturday, 8th March 2014; Duration: 2 min., 1 sec. Availability:<;dn=TSM201403080110;res=TVNEWS>%5Bcited 18 Aug 14].

 Surveillance Cameras

Theme – WE ARE WATCHING: Multi-camera surveillance are creating “Big Brother” cities

Toshihiko Yamasaki, Yoshifumi Nishioka, and Kiyoharu Aizawa. 2008. Interactive retrieval for multi-camera surveillance systems featuring spatio-temporal summarization. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Multimedia (MM ’08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 797-800. DOI=10.1145/1459359.1459490

Olivier Gasquet, Valentin Goranko, and Francois Schwarzentruber. 2014. Big brother logic: logical modeling and reasoning about agents equipped with surveillance cameras in the plane. In Proceedings of the 2014 international conference on Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems (AAMAS ’14). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Richland, SC, 325-332.

Wee Kheng Leow, Cheng-Chieh Chiang, and Yi-Ping Hung. 2008. Localization and mapping of surveillance cameras in city map. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Multimedia (MM ’08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 369-378. DOI=10.1145/1459359.1459409



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