Need a Cop? Call a Contractor

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  Once again, the present catches up with the future: the Los Angeles Times reports on the growing use of private security firms and private investigators to carry out work public police forces used to do. The Times reports, “The U.S. private security industry is expected to grow 6.3% a…

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The All-Access ID Reader, Coming Soon

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One of the conceits of South, my near-future thriller, is that in 2032, we will all be carrying what essentially is a national ID card embedded with voluminous information about ourselves, and security agencies will have an ID reader that can access all this data as well as check it…

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Hacking Your Brain

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Apropos of my four-part series on surveillance in 2032 America comes this, from Gizmag.com: Using an off-the-shelf Emotiv BCI costing only a few hundred dollars, the team has shown that it’s possible to “hack” a human brain and pull things like bank details straight out of your skull. For more…

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Packing (Future) Heat

I wasn’t going to get into this so soon, but recent events have unfortunately made this discussion timely. I promise to return to the discussion of physical appearance next time. Remember, if you will, the setup for the world in South: In the America of 2032, the Tea Party and…

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