Stuart Armstrong argues that there are strange benefits of a total surveillance state. According to him, it will drastically reduce crime, reduce cost, prevent (or help recovery from) disasters, boost research, and make our life so much more convenient. This is an interesting and thought provoking read. (And to be clear he is not advocating or defending a total surveillance state; he simply tries to analyse potential benefits.) But I do think he is wrong on several accounts. Especially, I think mostly the ‘happy few’ will benefit from total surveillance.

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