BIG BROTHER TECHNOLOGY
We like every week to bring what we call a Prophecy Update. We show how news and trends in the world are corroborating centuries-old prophecies found in the Bible.
Two biblical trends that intersect in the last days are what we would describe as a ʻbig-brotherʼ government and the technology for it to be possible. We know, for example, that a revived Roman Empire will exist and that its citizens will be so carefully monitored that only those who have sworn allegiance to the coming world leader will be able to conduct any
meaningful daily business.
Thus every advancement in surveillance and oversight technology puts us that much closer to what the Bible has speciﬁed.
Spiegel Online International posted a story on October 21st titled, EU to Monitor Deviant Behavior in Fight against Terrorism. ((http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,656468,00.html))
A European Union-funded project called ADABTS (Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behavior and Threats in Crowded Spaces) is working on ways to detect suspicious behavior. One system involves a network of cameras in airports that can measure your speed and alert the control room should it seem excessive. The system knows terrorists tend to be nervous and almost never stop for coffee. This makes a speedy traveller a suspicious traveller.
You may also want to think twice about using the airport bathroom more than once. There is a good chance you will be picked out for an extensive security check.
ADABTS is not just geared towards terrorism, but also towards crime and riots. In the future, cameras will be set to detect wild arm movements, screaming or the sound of breaking glass in order to dispatch police more quickly to the scene of a mugging or a break-in.
… projects [they are] currently working on: using radar to detect a person’s heartbeat from a distance to determine if he or she is nervous. “Because a terrorist is nervous,” says Frank Kooi, [a]… researcher…
Thermal cameras can discover if someone has a cold nose, another sign of nervousness. “The beauty is that terrorists can’t hide these kind of characteristics,” Kooi says.
Mail Online, a UK website, posted a story on October 19th titled, U.S. military create live remote-controlled beetles to bug conversations. ((http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1221438/Ssh–conversation-bugged-cyborg-beetle.html))
Spies may soon be bugging conversations using actual insects, thanks to research funded by the US military.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has spent years developing a whole host of cyborg critters, in the hopes of creating the ultimate ‘ﬂy on the wall’.
Now a team of researchers led by Hirotaka Sato have created cyborg beetles which are guided wirelessly via a laptop.
Using implants, they worked out how to control a beetle’s take-off, ﬂight and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings.
They controlled turns through stimulating the basilar muscles on one side or the other to make the wings on that side ﬂap harder.
The embedded system uses nerve and muscle stimulators, a microbattery and a microcontroller with transceiver.
They were implanted in the beetles when they were at the pupal stage.
Three types of large beetles from Cameroon were used in the experiments at the University of California in Berkeley. The smallest was 2cm long, while the largest was 20cm.
Unsettling footage of the beetles in action has been released on YouTube.
Then there was this post, on Wired.com on October 19th: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets. ((http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/10/exclusive-us-spies-buy-stake-in-twitter-blog-monitoring-firm/))
Americaʼs spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.
In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software ﬁrm that specializes in monitoring social media. Itʼs part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information thatʼs publicly available, but often hidden in the ﬂood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.
Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesnʼt touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.)
A highly-technological, big-brother surveillance monitoring society could be put into place anytime. It is exactly the kind of thing youʼd expect to be available to the antichrist in the last days.
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