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For the second time in two months, my hard drive has crashed, leaving me to restart my desktop from before.  I backup regularly, so this never really affects me. Except in one area:  Online IDs and Passwords.

Launching an Internet browser again after a hard reset is an endless torture for the online person.  My computer is no longer “recognized,” and I must now go to every site and make it recognize me.  My banking, my credit card, my electric company, my phone company, my Netflix, my Facebook; all these wonderful electrical outlets I’ve plugged myself into, and now I’m no longer recognized.  WordPress even blocked me from my own site when I couldn’t remember my password correctly.  I had been marked as a spammer.

A company was telling me I wasn’t a person but a robotic thing.  The thing called me a thing.  The thing said that it was the person, and I was the fraudulent thing trying to scam it.

I’m sorry.  I sound crazy.  I’ve been dealing with AppleCare all week.  I just can’t help but hear Mitt Romney’s glib voice echo in my brain: “Corporations are people, my friend.”

Is the world in trouble of losing its sense of self?  No!  Because within five years, passwords will be a thing of the past, or so said IBM.  Or rather, a person who represents the thing called IBM said.  What will replace it?  Spygear, of course!

 

Will our privacy be solved if this goes in to effect?  No, it’s only a matter of time before this face-only technology code is cracked by another robot or by this guy.

Am I paranoid?  Absolutely not.  This is oddly not bothering me.  No, just as the robots demand, I am slipping gracefully into my cumbersome future like a warm bubble bath.  If I was paranoid, I would be really worried about Israel’s impending attack on Iran’s uranium supplies, which would draw America into a potential nuclear war.

The bath is warm.  I ain’t even worried.  I’m still in charge.  I already confirmed to Hulu that I’m a human being who paid for its services, and so I’m catching up on Happy Endings tonight!

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Sleep will come soon.

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Written by Adam Sass

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Adam is a writer of gay-themed sci-fi thrillers. He lives in Los Angeles with his nurse fiancé and dachshund. Keep up with what he’s drinking on Twitter @TheAdamSass. Read more finger-wagging opinion & gay news with the new Stay on Fountain e-book: “A Look at the Great Gay Tipping Point”.

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