RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is one method for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC). These systems are already ubiquitous and we may feel that our privacy is being violated and that is no doubt already true, but we must compare the advantages we get to the disadvantages we suffer. My privacy has been compromised since the day I was born back in 1935 because even then my residence was known and my phone number published in the local phone book and I could be precisely located and contacted almost instantly. The loss of privacy now extends to purchasing things in a grocery store and having anyone with RFID reading equipment able to track me or with my cell phone to track me to within a few feet, and if I am talking on the phone to know that it is me and exactly where I am, even when far from home. The point is our privacy is largely a myth. Another point is the manipulation of our thoughts by modern technology by using a few known facts about us and then projecting personalized information to us that will influence our moods and voting choices. All of those things about RFIC and AIDC should concern us, but what those technologies might do for our species, in the long run, is to create more moments of human happiness and thriving.
RFID enables the coming robot society to quickly identify things precisely and communicate their exact location and functionality to the net. Perhaps it is time to identify that entity with a unique personal name, for easier usage. A name that is derivative of its already existing identity is easier to remember and use so let’s just call it Thenet. The idea is to have everything labeled with something like an RFID so it can be used in a productive way by the robot society of the future. Each individual silicon being that has a self-directive being I’ve been thinking of as a robot, but it will be supervised by Thenet, who will function to optimize the health of the whole society of robots and humans. The primary goal of this optimization is to support a human population to maximize its longevity and health.
This is an important goal because the longevity of the seven billion population of humanity at present is in serious doubt because of the vast number of H-bombs possessed by about a dozen independent entities. The number of trigger points is probably much greater because under some circumstances the authorization for use of the weapons is delegated to field personnel. If one H-bomb goes off in an ugly way the whole system probably would go hyper with terrified humans with big bombs at their fingertips, and that’s where humanity has been for sixty-seven years, but it can’t last forever.
When Thenet is functioning to maximize humanity’s longevity the H-bombs will be retired and humanity can drift into a sustainable lifestyle.