MK Ultra Declassified.
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Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2001 9:01 PM
Subject: Civilian Use of UltraWideband Tracking Technology
[copy of response to private correspondence below..]
The letter was to the Director for the Air Force Research Labs
localizer project. It's an Ultra-Wideband based tracking technology
intended to allow x,y,z positional tracking within a centimeter.
The technology is finally ready for market trials, but they haven't yet
I'm interested in it for it's use as a "Life Alert" monitor. Many
cryonicists have missed the opportunity to be suspended because by the time
they were discovered their brains had already gotten irrecoverably damaged.
A bracelet with a pulse monitor could send a page or e-mail to a suspension
team when the person was unconscious.
Of course, the positional tracker could also be useful for prisoner release
programs and perhaps electronic commerce. In a society where citizens'
positions are known, there is less likelihood of crime. In exchange for
volunteering coordinates, citizens may receive additional civil liberties,
such as free internet access and utilities, or perhaps even a kind of
The cost of keeping a prisoner in jail is somewhere around $60,000/year.
Many crimes are committed for the purpose of obtaining drugs. A more
logical approach would be to simply provide the drugs for free in a
monitored fashion. Cryonic suspension could provide a sort of mass
"insurance policy" to counter arguments that many addicts might overdose.
An additional major factor in the high cost of health care is liability
insurance and the need for prescriptions. A major risk posed by many
medications is the "may cause drowsiness" problem affecting the users'
ability to operate motor vehicles. An obvious long-term solution to these
problems is the automation of the transportation system, and a transfer of
liability from health care provider to the consumer, so that prescriptions
will no longer be necessary and drugs might be taken at the individuals'
discretion. Such technologies as the internet allow for Expert Systems to
provide counseling on recommended usage and drug interaction precautions.
Besides positional tracking within a centimeter, Ultra-Wideband also
promises affordable radar for collision-avoidance systems in self-steering
lightweight electric/hybrid shuttles. The technology has arrived, but the
current petroleum economy infrastructure doesn't allow "sharing of the
roads" between lightweight driverless shuttles and heavy Detroit steel
operated by human beings who are prone to error. A possible solution is to
phase out the old systems in stages by conducting controlled tests of the
new systems in selected cities and towns. Federal Way is "ordinary" and
typical of suburban America, plus it has the added advantage of high-voltage
power distribution lines cutting through the city. The would be useful for
an electric transportation system.
As far as nanotechnology goes, it may be here and in use as a surveillance
and/or social control tool before the medical applications can be fully
Because of the Von Neuman self-replicating nature of assemblers and the
"grey goo/blue goo" problem, the technology would be too dangerous to be
made public by the military intelligence and communications agencies which
would likely be the first to use nanotechnology.
Just as religions have served the function of increasing "self-monitoring,"
since people tend to be responsible when they feel they are being "watched,"
it may be useful for citizens' to adopt a philosophy of nanotechnology
already being "all around us" even prior to its dramatic and obvious
disclosure. If the general public were to adjust to the feeling of being
under ubiquitous surveillance and occassional "steering" by machine
superintelligence, they would more likely be "on their best behavior." The
initial feelings of paranoia and powerlessness would eventually be displaced
by acceptance, since we're quite adaptable animals.
Food, clothing, shelter, communications and transportation are not too
difficult to provide once we surrender the steering wheel and tolerate the
basic human need to experience pleasure.
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