Star Trek is, on some level, deeply disturbing.

Sure it is a utopian dream, mankind stands united, there’s equality for everyone, and peace.

But there are dark undertones, that shouldn’t be dismissed.

Transporters for one are murder machines. You’re scanned, atom per atom, subatomic particle per subatomic particle, all thought patterns included. Then a copy of you is materialised someplace else, and the original you is destroyed.

The fact that this also opens the door of manipulating your very thought patterns also exists here.

But we aren’t there yet.

Gladly.

The computer on the Enterprise (1701 and onward), Voyager, Defiant, DS9, etc. IS ALWAYS LISTENING.

You just start an inquiry at the computer with “Computer,” followed by what ever you need or want.

That in itself seems benign, until you consider, that the computer is listening to everything you say.

All day, every day, eaves dropping on every conversation, judging whether you are addressing it, or just mention the word “Computer”. (As in, for example “The computer erased all my mewe porn.” “Again?” “Yeah, have to tell the computer to stay out of my holodeck library.”)

It would be rather easy to write a program into that computer, designed to report anything that opposes certain dogmas. (As in, for example “We have to eliminate every last trace of the borg, these oppressive totalitarian techno freaks need to die!” “Dude, they’re a species, you can’t genocide them!” “Well, if you’re so for equality, get assimilated then!” “But that would mean losing my individuality!” “Did anyone ask the already assimilated drones whether they wanted to become borg? No? Then let the Borg die!” – one of them is getting auto reported for genocidal thought, or the other one for having a too lax attitude against the enemy)

Doctor Patient confidentiality is virtually nonexistent here. Sure, the doctor isn’t going to tell the captain about the rash of space herpes coming from lieutenant Dickins, but the computer is ALWAYS EAVES DROPPING!

We are here.

People put Alexas and other such devices in their homes, and essentially bugged their homes.

It doesn’t need to go as far as being reported for wrong think (and it doesn’t matter whether you’re left or right in that scenario). But there is a corporation listening in on everything that goes on, collecting data, selling it. So you can be better advertised to, so pharmaceutical companies can target your everyday ailments, so authorities can better keep track of you, so you become a thoroughly transparent being.

A revenue source.

A pawn.

If I lived in Star Trek, I’d hack into the computer and disable all listening hardware in my quarters by frying them with a nice jolt from the EPS conduits. Oh and, the communicator would stay in a soundproof box at the door.

Take care, and throw that Alexa shit out the window,

A.

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