microchipped humans

Microchipped Humans

I once read a cheaply produced paperback called ‘The Mark Of The Beast‘, the mark being microchipped humans.  Someone slipped it into my hand at Hammersmith Tube Station.  It had a lurid green cover, I recall, and a traditional image of a horned devil.   I remember sitting on the top of a London bus and reading with amusement. The writer was warning about the age to come.

We were all to go under the control of the beast, prior to Armageddon. One of the signs would be the change from paper money to micro chipped money.  People were to be ‘branded’ with a ‘money chip’ and this would be implanted in our foreheads. Without this chip, we couldn’t buy anything.  It sounded scary, far-fetched, paranoid, madness.  Oh yes, thought I.  Another miserable soothsayer, predicting the end of the world as we know it. Or was it? read more

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Newsbots

Newsbots

Okay, this is it folks, robot writers have taken over the newsrooms. Forget the corporate media hijack, now it’s software bots who are threatening to rule the roost. AP is in the lead with this, using software to create news items and business articles. Yahoo and Fox are also in on the act, auto generating sports items for the Big Ten Network. Why leave it to the big boys? The technology is available to all, although I am unsure how it will handle the creative writing sphere! read more

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A Jolly Good Election But What Does It All Mean?

Hooray, or Hoorah, we’ve all won … and we’ve all lost.  What an extraordinary election result!  I spent an evening as an outsider  in a Stroud pub where the new Labour MP and his supporters were ‘over the moon’ celebrating his return and the election result. I am happy for Stroud, and Kensington, and Brighton, and where I live.  Okay but …  has anything really changed? read more

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