Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Aug 2010 10:47 UTC
Humor Now that I'm done with my internship and ready to take on OSNews again, I figured it'd be nice to start off with something light-hearted. I just read that Google bought an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a camera, ready to photograph whatever it flies across. We may consider Google's biggest threat to be privacy, but with all this computing power they have, their Street View cars, and now, unmanned flying drones, they look more and more like SkyNet to me. So, what's your most likely apocalyptic scenario?
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by David on Mon 9th Aug 2010 15:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
David
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I agree with you. However, if you think we're even close to how bad it could eventually be, you're in for a rude awakening. A few more terrorist attacks and the craven and cowardly populace will practically beg their leaders to trample their civil rights.

I think there's a possibility you could get a 1-2-3 punch with a police state designed to protect people from imaginary terrorist attacks rising in power, widespread civil unrest as a result of the next economic collapse, then skapegoating of illegal aliens. Each of these phenomena of course reinforces the other, as illegal aliens are mistrusted because of terrorism and because they take "our" jobs, and civil unrest prompting the government to clamp down civil rights further. The worldwide economic crisis would result in more illegal immigration and superpowers projecting their power beyond their borders in order to lay claim to natural resources, prompting more terrorism.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Zifre on Mon 9th Aug 2010 16:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I think there's a possibility you could get a 1-2-3 punch with a police state designed to protect people from imaginary terrorist attacks rising in power, widespread civil unrest as a result of the next economic collapse, then skapegoating of illegal aliens. Each of these phenomena of course reinforces the other, as illegal aliens are mistrusted because of terrorism and because they take "our" jobs, and civil unrest prompting the government to clamp down civil rights further. The worldwide economic crisis would result in more illegal immigration and superpowers projecting their power beyond their borders in order to lay claim to natural resources, prompting more terrorism.

I think this pretty accurately describes what is happening to the USA right now. However, I agree that it could be a lot worse. (And I think it's going to come eventually.)

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