Tag: 1984

Facebook Policing Personal Messages Won’t Really Save Children from Abuse, But It WILL Bring Us Closer to 1984

Facebook’s “rebel shareholders” want to review potential risks that a new end-to-end encryption service could allow for increased exploitation of children by sexual predators – but why wait until now to kick up a fuss? We collectively scratch our heads today in bewilderment at how someone in Victorian times could walk into a chemist and freely buy cocaine, opium and...

Is it Brave New World or 1984? Here are a Few Dystopias We ALREADY Live In

The post-coronavirus future is looking grim: economic collapse, martial law. It’s not like we weren’t warned humanity was heading south, however, and there’s a lot more doomsaying to explore beyond Orwell and Huxley. Who wouldn’t want to live in a future described as “a boot stomping on a human face, forever”? It’s all but impossible to describe Western life in...

1984 Was Not an Instruction Manual: ‘Climate Hysteria’ Will Only Create More Skeptics

Germany’s literary establishment has declared a moratorium on the phrase “climate hysteria.” No wonder “climate denial” is epidemic – there’s no better way to convince people something’s not real than making belief mandatory. One might think that painting the climate debate in black and white – evil “climate deniers” versus saintly Greta Thunberg and her Extinction Rebellion carbon cult –...

The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven...

Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old in a World That Looks a Lot Like the Book

This month, George Orwell’s legendary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 70 years old, and the warnings contained within the story are now more relevant than ever. Orwell’s predictions were so spot on that it almost seems like it was used as some type of accidental instruction manual for would-be tyrants. In the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, there is an all-encompassing surveillance state...

Are You Ready for a Worse Dystopia Than 1984?

I have been lonely in my concern with the dire economic implications of robotics, but now Clarity Press has provided me with some company by publishing The Artificial Intelligence Contagion by David Barnhizer and Daniel Barnhizer. It is telling as to the irrelevance of the economics profession that the coauthors are lawyers. The concerns about robots and artificial intelligence have come from scientists...