A surveilled way of life

Let all know by these presents, 

whereas we favor strength, 

thereby any show of it, 

error is first upon the weak. 

‘You can go to your house, and you can go to your job, but we will always know where you are, and if you go where you’re not authorized, an alarm’s going to sound and a patrol is going to come pick you up.’

Receivers pick up the signals and relay them to a computer that displays everyone’s exact location. But radio isn’t the only way to monitor movement. Some are experimenting with digital scanners that read palm prints, iris prints, fingerprints, voices, or facial patterns. Each of these sensors might be part of robotic stress and lie detectors someday.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has produced a complementary innovation: sound detectors that count the number of heartbeats in vehicles.

“It’s like watching a video game.”

Security services replaced with “smart” perimeters that eliminate the need for fences and barricades. Electronic sensors monitor barriers, seismometers detect suspicious shaking of property, and microwave beams pick up motion in land or building areas. A positive signal from any of the systems sounds an alarm, swings surveillance cameras to the appropriate spot, sets off warnings and sends a patrol car.

An encumbered population worried about dangerous behavior might rely upon virtual contact with the outside world such as remote employment or virtual college courses. or robotic meal delivery. Or telemedicine exam rooms, where the patient with a stethoscope or performing an electrocardiogram transmits the results are relayed over the Internet to a remote medical specialist.

These systems are not the future.
These are operating now.
For today’s prisoner.