Re: New Eyes for Big Brother

Oliver Seiler (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 21:12:15 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 14 Aug 1996, Damaged Justice wrote:

> Almost as interesting is that Neal Stephenson has once again proven
> himself frighteningly, accurately prophetic.

The technology has been around for quite some time (after doing some
web research). The interesting thing about this technology
(Millitech's) is that it is passive, picking up the natural
electromagnetic energy being emitted by people (around 20-150
GHz). The system works essentially like a camera, with some signal
processing (which is likely the most significant part of it) helping
on the imaging.

> "Millimeter-wave radar" is just the beginning. Myself, I can think
> of an awful lof of folks that need to listen to Reason...

Neal Stephenson has some very believable and grounded writing. I'd
like the motorcycle (or at least the Radiks skateboard)...

Do a search on Altavista: "milimeter wave imaging"


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