Space travel is the most exciting adventure for humanity, but in an irony of history we may stop ourselves from going into space the more we do it. With every rocket launched we are creating a deadly trap for mankind.
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. Fuck the sky...
If Barthes can forgive me, “What the public wants is the image of passion Justice, not passion Justice itself.”
The China-wide project using products made by Hikvision and other smaller technology companies is called Skynet – the same name as the malignant Artificial Intelligence system bent on destroying humanity in the Terminator films.
And while Hikvision tells customers Skynet is an anti-crime initiative, government policy documents declare that its primary aim is to prevent public protests and 'find and control hostile forces' threatening China's repressive one-party state...
..'You can be watched anywhere you go in Hangzhou,' the company official told us, adding that the G20 was used to test the efficiency of the latest Skynet systems. 'It was like an experiment,' he said.
The Chinese government's bid to expand Skynet reflects its paranoid determination to wipe out any opposition to the Communist Party as its economy stutters. A government document on Skynet issued in 2005 stated that its main aim was not to prevent normal crime but to maintain 'social stability… find out and control hostile forces' and to 'prevent mass disturbances in public areas'.