The ‘Internet of Things’ 2025: Your life controlled by the smart grid

The ‘Internet of Things’ 2025: Your life controlled by the smart grid

 

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Just ahead of this year’s Bilderberg confab, where some of the world’s most powerful people met in secret to discuss life-altering topics such as whether or not privacy still exists, the Pew Research Center released a report that detailed how the world would be irrevocably changed by the “Internet of Things” by 2025.

To start, Pew describes the Internet of Things as a “global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric.”

In short, everything (devices, vehicles, appliances, smart wearables, and other sensor-equipped nouns) will be connected to everything else, and all of it will be continuously spitting out data that will be continuously fed back and forth and analyzed.

The report Pew released covered a survey on expert opinions regarding the expansion of the Internet of Things by 2025.

The Internet of Things…sigh. Not to get into Bilderberg here (that’s a whole different topic altogether), but if Bilderberg is asking whether or not privacy exists at their annual conference this year, it’s obviously because they already know the answer.

According to Pew, this Internet of Things is going to be pervasive throughout your community, your home and even on (or within) your own body.

Some of the downsides Pew discussed include the fact that it won’t just be our privacy as a whole that’s in danger here, but literally “people’s abilities to control their own lives.” Because every day activities will be chipped/sensored, tracked and traced with continuous data generated, “the level of profiling and targeting will grow and amplify social, economic, and political struggles.”

In addition to this fundamentally changing the way we relate to one another and the world, if you don’t like it and you try to opt out, you could wind up disenfranchised and according to university librarian K. G. Schneider, those left behind during this so-called digital divide will become invisible outcasts on the fringe of society who could be “increasingly seen as less than full humans.”

On top of everything else, the smart grid will apparently be so smart that, “We will live in a world where many things won’t work and nobody will know how to fix them.”

Gee. Great.

I guess I’ll be one of those “less than full humans” who can look forward to being disenfranchised by the Internet of Things in the future, because from everything I’ve read about it, I’d rather pull a Swiss Family Robinson and live in a damn tree than become part of what sounds like a pretty oppressive system.

A cage with invisible, digital bars? Imagine a world where literally everything you do is spitting out bits of data on yourself and your life…continuously. Many people think we’re already there now, and we are in some ways, but what’s going on with big data today is nothing compared to what the future holds.

Do I want everyone from the government to mega-corporations to know what I threw away in my trash five minutes ago? Everything from how much hot water I used to take my morning shower or what temperature I like to keep my home on a hot summer afternoon to what my political beliefs are? Frank Pasquale, a law professor at the University of Maryland, told Pew, “There will be a small class of ‘watchers’ and a much larger class of the experimented upon, the watched.” The NSA has already adopted that Police diddy, “Every Breath You Take” as their agency theme song at this point: every single day…And every word you say…

But scale it down a bit further. Do I really want my refrigerator to “talk” to its own contents and have the power and ability to buy milk for me when I run out? One Pew respondent wrote, “If my bathroom scale tells my smartphone how much I weigh, that is handy but hardly life-changing.” Hardly? I beg to differ. Do I really want to have spoken conversations with my “smart” appliances? Reminds me of the medicine cabinets in THX1138 that remind citizens in that dystopic future nightmare to take their state-sanctioned sedation pills.

Recently I saw an ad for the new WI-FI talking thermostat — the one where the guy starts out by saying he’s going to let us all in a secret, which is that voice control is the future. Instead of having to get up off your butt and punch a button if the temperature in your house isn’t at a very comfortable level, you can just announce to your smart thermostat when you are too hot or cold and it is supposed to adjust the temperature in your home accordingly.

The first thought that popped into my head was the thermometer responding in the voice of Hal from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with, “I’m sorry, Dave. I don’t think I can turn down your thermostat today. You’ve used all your energy credits this month and your region is at peak usage times…”

But let’s scale it down even further. The trendy new iWatches or whatever the new smart wearables will be called will be able to continuously monitor things like your heart beat, blood pressure, oxygen rates, how much water you’ve drank, your nutrition levels… In short, when you eat too much ice cream or forget to exercise, data will. Be. Generated.

Do I really want computers to know everything about me?

Talk about losing control of your life. That’s just the beginning.

Your behavior is going to be directed by the smart grid. Trendy, technocratic social engineering will dictate your existence at every turn. Sounds…super fun.

The implications are endless. Privacy won’t just be forgotten. It simply will not exist, period. People are already forgetting  what it truly is now. Two-year-olds are using iPads as if we never lived in a time where a toddler didn’t have a computer. A few more generations, and our children’s dictionaries might as well not even have the word ‘privacy’ in them anymore (and, by extension America, what will the 4th Amendment look like then?)

Not all technology is a bad thing (obviously). I’m just over the puppet master technocrats running things. (Smashing job so far, by the way). I can see where this is going, and it’s not anywhere I’d like to be.

I’m not my data. I’m still a human being. I don’t want or need my computer (and by extension, anyone with access to it) to know me better than I know myself. I don’t want to be ruled by algorithms. I want to have some control over my own destiny, thank you.

Unfortunately, we’re all willingly funding and participating in our own digital enslavement to some extent. So what’s your breaking point?

College professor Peter R. Jacoby, who likened all this trendy new smart tech to the bread and circuses of the Roman Empire, wrote, “By 2025, we will have long ago given up our privacy. The Internet of Things will demand — and we will give willingly — our souls.”

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Anti-Smart Meter Group Blasts New Transmitter for Health Concern Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Anti-Smart Meter Group Blasts New Transmitter for Health Concern Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

 

Anti-smart meter group HaltMAsmartmeters (HMSM) blasted the National Grid and their smart meter system once again, this time for the potential health hazards linked to their antenna poised to be erected at the First Congregational Church in Worcester.

 

Concerns have risen within HMSM because the antenna and church are straight across from the Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School. Rather than viewing the antenna’s implementation in an area that is agreed upon as a success, HMSM worries that the radiation could have bad affects on the nearby students and residents of the community.

“The news that National Grid secured a stealth co-location for a microwave transmitter in a church steeple across from an elementary school is not a source of celebration,” said Patricia Burke, a member HMSM. “Co-location of antennas would be a reasonable proposition if juxtaposed chronic radiofrequency microwave exposure was inconsequential, but Americans have been lied to by the industry, regulators, legislators, and economic partners, including universities and colleges who continue to ignore the science that forms the basis of policy decisions in countries recognizing non-thermal impacts.”

Because the church already has a cell phone antenna, National Grid reportedly is not required to get permission from the Zoning Board to place their antenna because it will be co-located with a previous placed antenna. Because of this, National Grid is requesting a leave to withdraw its two previous petitions for towers located at 30 Tory Fort Lane and 597 Mill St.

Health Concerns

While concerned with a variety of subjects regarding the smart grid system, HMSM’s chief concern is the potential health probelms that can be caused by systems like these. HMSM points to cancer as one potential health problem that has been assocaited with RF radiation. 

The group references a wide variety of reports that have been conducted throughout the world that point to RF radiation as a carcinogen. While other countries have data supporting these claims, the United States currently does not. Rather than installing these technologies and waiting to see the effects, Burke wants to see a more proactive approach.

 

“In the same way that the asbestos and tobacco industry blamed each other for lung cancer, as the gestation period is reached for many cancers and illnesses associated with long term chronic exposure to low level microwave radiation, the use of radiofrequencies by utility companies will prevent the legal system from being able to prosecute the cellular telecommunications industry for health damages,” said Burke.

 

National Grid Statement

While anti-smart meter groups point to information that would prove contrary, National Grid reiterates that the smart grid system that is being implemented in Worcester is both a safe and convenient option for customers and residents of the area.

Because the church already houses a cell antenna, the addition of National Grid’s WiMAX base station equipment is a convenient alternative to putting up a tower somewhere else in the neighborhood. The partnership between the church and the National Grid also ensures little conflict based on the location.

In regards to the health concerns raised by MHSM, National Grid assures customers and citizens located near the tower that they have nothing to worry about.

“We believe, and studies show that all of the Smart Energy Solutions program equipment is safe,” said Jake Navarro, a spokesperson for National Grid. “The power levels utilized on this system are several orders of magnitude below public exposure limits established by the Federal Communications Commission. Moreover, the power levels of the National Grid equipment are of a significantly lower RF energy level than those from cellular base station sites.”

 

 
 
National Grid has mis-represented the science, this is a PILOT because its new, untested technology and there are NO studies, especially on elementary school children and staff. This is “mis-information” that National Grid often states that advocates are guilty of spreading. 
 
Watch WCCA channel 13 About Smart Meters show # 7 to learn more.
 
Cancer info that was sent to Go Local:
LONG-TERM EXPOSURE TO MICROWAVE RADIATION PROVOKES CANCER GROWTH: EVIDENCES FROM RADARS AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS