Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Big Brother's Blueprint
Yesterday's BBC News reported that plans are afoot to install 400 "super-intelligent" CCTV cameras in Glasgow's city centre. Apparently Glasgow City Council obtained £24 million from the Government to fund the scheme, and thus be one of Britain's first "smart cities" - a "blueprint for other cities to follow".
The article does not actually say just how clever the cameras are, nor in what respect, other than to advise that they will be handy for prevention of terrorism - people leaving bags; and for suicides, as they will raise an alarm when somebody climbs a bridge parapet for example. It does leave one wondering exactly what else they are capable of. The sad thing is that cameras have become part of our everyday lives, no one raises an eyebrow to them any more, they just accept them as the norm which is surely troubling, if one takes a second to cast one's mind into the future..
Top image is a coincidental blueprint, from "freemason" Jay-Z, released on September 11th 2001.