Recently I got an ad message in my mobile. I opened and read it because it was different from the usual fraudulence like, “You have been chosen as person of the year,’ or ‘join magnetic dating’ or ‘you have won $ 100 Million’ or Fly to Timbuktu and pay later…
This one was offering me dirt cheap a foreign ring spy cam or pen spy cam. This would record everything on the sly whoever you want to embarrass. An add-on was the offer to get the spy cam fitted in any part of the body, on the dress and ornaments (Shame prevented me from asking if ‘any part’ would include the unprintable part).
Now we have mobile tracking software. Gone are the days when the wandering man, and sometimes woman, could fool the other party saying he/she is at a far away city attending a conference while he (she) is closeted with the Woh within two kilometres. A suspecting partner can now trace him/her out with the mob-tracking ware and nail the lie. Sometimes I wonder if the old ignorance or innocence were not better than the all-knowing intelligent world today.
But it set me thinking at the ‘transparent’ world we live. You don’t know what is happening to you, really. You are never safe, not in your bedroom, which used to be the most impregnable fort in your private life. Husband is spying on wife, wife on husband, dad on daughter, lover on lover, employer on employee.
The Brave New World is going too far. Now people are installing radars and home alarms though hilarious instances are galore when alarms are accidentally activated by an inmate and the household suspects one another. Now there is ADT alarm system without which an intelligent modern home is not complete, they say. It is an electronic warning system (though I fail to understand what use is warning if the inmate is infirm or alone). Home surveillance cameras are aplenty in the market that rotates over homes like defence radars 24×7: cameras, digital video recorder, sensors, monitor and what not.
It seems we have ceased to trust one another anymore. The traditional safety modes: a fierce terrier, a rifled Gorkha, patrolling police, night beat security man, are all passé. And so is the Almighty. It is probable that God has installed a divine surveillance system to escape assault from His demonic creation — man.
As paranoia grips, human minds become bleak and blank. And elsewhere, they’re busy making android that would think exactly like a human being. And once Android sits before you, you can’t even lie for it will read your thoughts!
Is there any good that would come of all this things? Yes, I see the present civilization crumbles; because the prevailing civility is made of pretension, a make-believe world where you smile when you are seething inside, cry when you are laughing at heart, express love when you’re planning to cheat. Ah, yes, one industry that would become extinct is theatre and cinema because acting would be futile as everybody knows everything else. So, the greatest good, I perceive, will be wiping out deceit. Cheating would be of no avail. Thus, crime of this sort will disappear from law. But, man being man, I’m sure, he will think of something else to deceive, perhaps.
So, I have decided there is only one way to beat this techno-driven transparency. Be carefree, don’t give a damn who spy you or what they find out. When everyone else is naked clothes carry no meaning and nakedness would be natural and the clothed artificial. As society becomes open and truthful, nobody accuses anybody of deceit. Happy days!!!
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PK Surendran is senior editor at Postnoon.