The Intercept takes a look at the acceleration of IoT technology in our post-COVID world and its new virus-personalized rebranding, in a recent detailed article in The Intercept.
The Intercept, is an award winning online professional news organization dedicated to original investigative reporting and fearlessly independent Journalism, launched in 2013 with funding by EBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar who continues to support it through First Look Media Works, a nonprofit organization.
Here are some of Naomi Klein’s key thoughts, examining the drivers behind the speeding up of 5G deployment and the frenzied acceleration of the Internet of Things that we are now seeing, from this week’s article in Intercept, which can be read in its entirety at The Intercept: Tech Shock Doctrine. Along with some of our observations.
In the ancient past known as February, EMF Safety Advocates and concerned consumers were concerned about the 5G gig-fueled future without any regard to biological testing and health impact of new 5G radio frequencies and higher EMF exposure levels. Ironically, today, against a harrowing backdrop of mass death, the accelerated deploying of technology, with an emphasis on permanently integrating technology into every aspect of daily life, is being sold to us on the dubious promise that these technologies are the only possible way to pandemic-proof our lives, the indispensable keys to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.
As CEO of Steer Technology autonomous parking technology, Ahunja Sonalker, describes it, “There has been a distinct warming up to human-less, contactless technology,” she said. “Humans are biohazards, machines are not.”
Our post COVID relationship with technology shows us a future in which our homes are never again exclusively personal spaces but our homes are also thanks to high-speed digital connectivity, our schools, our doctor’s offices, our gyms, and, if determined by the state, our jails. The future under hasty construction, with all of these trends poised for a warp-speed acceleration, as a direct result of this pandemic providing technocracy with a “living laboratory experiment in digital living”, for a permanent — and highly profitable —digitally dependent future.
If we are to build a future economy and education system based on tele-everything, we need a fully connected population and ultrafast infrastructure. The government must make a massive investment—perhaps as part of a stimulus package—to convert the nation’s digital infrastructure to cloud-based platforms and link them with a 5G network.
It’s a future economy in which our every move, our every word, our every relationship is trackable, traceable, and data-mineable by unprecedented collaborations between government and tech giants.
“We are ready, we’re all-in,” the New York Governor Cuomo gushed during one of his recent daily coronavirus briefings as he imagined the post-COVID world, “We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it, we’re ambitious about it.”
The trouble, as always in these moments of collective shock, is the absence of public debate and public engagement and input about what those changes should look like and whom they should benefit…. The Intercept asks, should it be private tech companies subsidized by taxpayers?
We ask, what do the taxpayers have to say about this? It is three days until May 15, when the FCC Public Comment closes on its 30-day inquiry seeking the public’s feedback on 5G deployment and new technologies to enable it …
Have you let your pubic servants know how you feel?
Submit your Quick Comment to the FCC here:
As of the time of this article writing, there were a mere 419 Public Comments submitted on these precedent setting issues, when by comparison about one thousand have historically been submitted in FCC comment sessions in recent years; and hundreds-of-thousands, or millions, of public comments are necessary to make a difference by getting the attention of Congress.