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Robot-humans, Part 2: The State hard-wired into our bodies


IN October, I wrote about the announcement from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) of a pilot scheme, scheduled for this month, which would incentivise healthy behaviours – monitored via a wrist-worn device and accompanying app – with rewards such as cinema tickets and theme park vouchers, to encourage participants to eat more healthily and exercise more frequently. 

The scheme is all set to kick off soon, with residents of Wolverhampton selected as the test-bed cohort. 

Not especially interesting news on the face of it, but with the notorious Behavioural Insights Team, aka the still part-Cabinet Office-owned Nudge Unit, as the 0contractor’s design and evaluation partner, I very much suspect this to be the beginning of a new interminable trend in the advancement of State-sponsored wearable health-tech. 

May 2021’s comprehensive exploration of the subject of human augmentation, Dawn of a New Paradigm (from the Ministry of Defence’s think-tank the Developments, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, which I outlined in TCW yesterday frequently discusses the use of wearable health-tech as a method by which humans may progress towards becoming human-machine hybrids. 

And what better time to take one Goliath leap into the future than under cover of an engineered pandemic designed to obliterate the moral universe, and foster mental decrepitude and its accompanying heightened impressionability – frailties then oh-so-conveniently treatable with the pseudo-benign curatives of a technology-obsessed, universal GP service: the political-pharmaceutical entity of the State.  

We have already seen myriad novel, repurposed and enhanced technologies and tech-based services introduced over the last 22 months: smartphone and under-the-skin digital health passes, a Test and Trace NHS app, PCR-test megalabs, ever more sophisticated digital home-fitness equipment, social acceptance of Zoom-based employment, increasingly interactive cyber-curriculum resources, and one-size-fits-all online counselling programmes; not to mention the highly unstable vaccine itself – all of which are irrefutably dehumanising in nature.  

Dawn of a New Paradigm, although defence-oriented, identifies a plethora of current or emerging technology in the field of wearable civilian tech, such as ‘earrings that measure body temperature and pulse; shoes that generate their own power to sense bodyweight and movement; contact lenses that analyse tears to predict your emotional state and project information; clothes that sense your physiology and give you small directional taps on your shoulders to provide screen-free GPS; and “smart buttons” in clothes that collectively understand your habits and inform other linked technologies, to optimise your life’. 

To this list we may also add – alongside ‘obesity watches’ from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, of course – the little-known, World Economic Forum-endorsed ‘Ostrich-Cell Masks’.  

These are lined with ostrich antibodies, and when held under ultraviolet light, glow around the mouth and nose if one is infected with Covid-19. Future versions could be capable of utilising smartphone LEDs to confirm adequate contamination with the most up-to-date of branded lifestyle-viruses. 

I’m not entirely sure how one would go about marketing a mask supposedly designed to protect from infection as the means by which infection in its wearer might also be detected. But I’m sure the architects of possibly the greatest lie ever told are more than qualified to overcome such a challenge – and no doubt perhaps the most gullible and hypochondriacal global population in the history of humankind will make their task that bit easier. 

Of all the health-tech I expect not only to remain with us indefinitely in some form, but to become more advanced and hybridised (vaccines and vaccine passports for travel aside) are face masks. 

These are the cost-effective, behaviour-nudging Fidget Spinners par excellence, whose universal implementation has created a hyper-anxious population addicted to the now perpetually exploitable snuff-movie-esque narrative that is asymptomatic transmission. 

Nowhere is their usage more manipulative and obscene than in classrooms. But if, as a species, we are to be cajoled into a hyper-technological future, wherein wearable health-tech becomes not only the norm but perhaps even a mandated requirement during public health crises, then beginning by bullying children into wearing seemingly innocuous yet provenly ineffectual masks is a slick cost-effective strategy by which the emerging generation may be desensitised piecemeal to the evolving, robotic grotesqueness of a life in the post-Covid, post-humanitarian era. 

‘Our aim is to have secured our status as a science and tech superpower by 2030,’ Boris Johnson ambitiously stated in his foreword to last March’s visionary Integrated Review of Defence; a necessarily anti-human objective parroted over and over again throughout the entire document.  

Yet there is only so much science and tech a nation can create for use in the external world before a new forum must be found to keep up with the limitless and lucrative potential born from the collective ability of superpowers to manufacture what our species desires. Again, under cover of ‘the pandemic’, this science and tech is transitioning at breakneck speed and with reckless abandon from the arena of the external to the internal – our bodies and minds. 

Perhaps this is the real objective of Schwab’s Fourth Industrial Revolution: human augmentation. 

Remember Tamagotchis – those pocket digital pets whose fate you controlled according to your whims and fancies at the push of a button?  

Well, by 2045 we may be little more than a hutch of cybernetic Tamagotchis of the State, if we don’t rein in our thirst for wearable or intramuscularly-administered tech: designed to accelerate the manifestation of a morally depraved vision of the future already pushing the limits of human tolerance. 

Bleep-bleep: ‘Obey the rule of six.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘Do not mix households.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘Going on holiday is now illegal.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘Go home, you are infected.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘You are now permitted to leave your home.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘Go and get your booster.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘You are sitting too close to your friend.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘You are exercising too far from home.’ 

Bleep-bleep: ‘You don’t have the clearance to view juvenile vaccine safety data.’ 

Welcome to the life you never believed could happen, fatso – Bleep-bleep: ‘Sorry, you and your children don’t qualify for health care.’ 

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