New spy cam software has been compared to scramble suits worn by narcotics officers in Philip K Dick’s novel/movie A Scanner Darkly. No one wants their own mug shown in some criminal surveillance video simply because you became an anecdote for “the wrong place at the wrong time.” With this new software, faces will be blurred and encrypted; protecting the identity of anyone innocent that is caught on camera. So, just because some other guy seems to be proceeding through life like “a cat without whiskers perpetually caught behind the refrigerator” doesn’t mean you have to suffer for it.
If Philip K. Dick has taught us anything it’s that either now or a few years down the line everything you do will be recorded. It’s in our best interest for everyone to wear scramble suits in the totalitarian change that’s about to come. If you hear of anything about Substance D, try to avoid it. Until then, stay off camera.
“What does a scanner see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does it see into me, into us? Clearly or darkly?”