The headline doesn’t actually get to the truth of the story. The headline should probably read, “UK medics call for government ban on the overuse of antibiotics in farming or risk apocalyptic consiquences.” As Ms Harvey points out antibiotics are used to prevent disease in farmed animals. What she does to make mention of is that antibiotics are also used, especially in the United States, because dosing animals with antibiotics makes them gain weight. Overuse of antibiotics in farming has put us in an “apocalyptic” situation where “farms are becoming a greater reservoir for antibiotic resistant bacteria.” While I think a ban on the overuse of antibiotics in UK farming is needed it will make little or no difference if the US is not brought into line. “Antibiotic use in US farming is six times higher per livestock unit than in the UK… and cattle in particular receive 13 times as much antibiotic medicine as in the UK.” You could also give serious though to switching to a plant based diet. It is healthier, does less harm to the environment, and reduces our need to use antibiotics in farming.
This technology is the stuff of dystopian fiction, and should be outlawed. I don’t care that they could help legal or accounting firms improve security. “These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever.” Their use is “voluntary” at the moment. How long before it’s an entry on your curriculum vitae? Given the choice, an employer will choose the chipped candidate. Because the non-chipped candidate must have something to hide. People will get the chip to get the job. That’s not voluntary, that’s coercion. And that is the philosophy at the core of the panopticon.
This Bitcoin fact is a true reflection of the society we live in. Even something that does not physically exists produces CO2 at the rate of a continent. To produce you must consume.
Just think about this for a moment. The models of contemporary life, its institutions, the language, every interaction and relationship, would change. Would there be an imperative to conform? Would we become drones in a self perpetuating machine? Would we care? If our basic needs are met, then the power structures that propel us through contemporary life would melt away.
While I find the Swedes optimism towards this kind of technology refreshing. Recent scandals around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica would give me serious concerns about how this technology is used, or more specifically used against us.
I’m really interested to see comparative costs with traditional construction methods. Could it be one part of the solution to the housing crisis in the UK. At the very least it’s another square on the Grand Designs bingo card.
The future is bright the future is Agrotech.