(2) the technological inevitability of privacy's death: live as transparently as you can, soften your judgment of the vices and deviations of people in your life, demand government do the same. also, the indian woman in the picture above will probably maul me once her friends find this picture with frt.
frt has one enormous advantage - it doesn't require consent, co-operation or even the subject's knowledge
there are still 'wild' human beings living in some of the remotest corners of the tropics
since the collapse of the rubber boom
a native amazonian does not know how to function in contemporary society. he or she speaks an unwritten language and is possessed of jungle skills that are of little value in the money economy. add to these handicaps the almost universal tendency of frontier societies to exploit and discriminate against the members of less acculturated ethnic groups, and the barriers are almost insurmountable. social ostracism, demoralization, and alcoholism comprise the barren netherworld between cultural states
the technology-enabled rise of much of the developing world would pose problems for america and other similarly situated western countries even if china and india consisted of five hundred independent singapores. none of them would be threatening politically, and certainly not militarily. but the implications for the western economies' competitiveness, and for their citizens' incomes and jobs and profits, would be the same