15-20 years ago when I was trying to sell my science fiction stories to the pulps I had this whole scenario (and just about every other privacy concern) nailed. Editors loved my ideas, but no skilled writer be I.
And folks that knew me were worried that I was paranoid. A few who listened understood all you had to do was take current technology, push it out a decade or so and add as mix of the old human nature and voila! Everything governments and corporations do has an undercurrent of despotic command and control.
I also wrote about how toxic wastes that are expensive to dispose of properly were instead being sold at a profit to the would-be polluters as food ingredients, those additives with such concise names like "stabilizers," "artificial flavoring" and of course "red dye #2"... that story also turned out to be the sad truth. (wrote that one in 1984)
I keep crying from the wilderness over here... the first and foremost intended use of ANY technology is always evil. Has been since the days of pouring boiling oil off the parapets.
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