I’ve read some amazingly wrong information on COVID-19. To be expected, I suppose. But, the one that really gets me is the theory claiming that instead of vaccine, we’re all going to be given a tracking chip that will be injected into us instead of serum. Wow. Well, here’s the thing. The government has no need of going to such lengths. After all, those chips are expensive, and there’s no good way to get one through a 28 gauge needle. Most importantly, if you have a smart phone, you’re already being tracked. Yes, they’ll know where you buy your weed, they’ll know where you stop for a drink, they’ll know which grocery store you frequent, and, well, wherever you go, you leave tracks. Luckily, this is a good thing!
Take, for example, our visit to London a few years ago. Sure, we took pictures, but memories fade, pictures or not, and nobody knows at the time if they’re taking the right pictures to properly remember the experience. L’Autre, in Mayfair (since closed) is a good example. It remains the only example I’ve ever seen of a Polish/Mexican restaurant. I forgot all about it, but thanks to Google tracking my every move, now I know just when I was there, and exactly where it was when I was there. (heh heh) On that same trip we ate on a boat on the Thames, named Bateaux London. I’d forgotten all about that, too. Thanks to the invasive, privacy destroying nature of modern technology, I was taken back to a really fun eight days in London. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, in fact.
On another trip, this one to Paris, we ate at Azteca restaurant Mexicain, and learned that, even for Mexican food, the French don’t believe in picante. Not even pico de gallo picante, on what was otherwise excellent Mexican food. Still, we were in Paris, so how wrong could we go? In Saint Malo, we ate at A Saint Malo, which featured good food in the old part of Saint Malo, inside an old fortress. I’d forgotten all about that, although Saint Malo was a very interesting place to visit. It was heavily fortified against the English during the Hundred Years’ War, although, being in Brittany, it was theoretically not subject to any combat. Sure, it wasn’t. Anyway, thanks to Google, I even have pictures of the place, and, I recognize the place! Wow, this lack of privacy is excellent, you know?
Google tracks more than restaurants, of course. On one visit to Paris, we visited, or at least I did, Boutique Orange Bastille, Micromania -Zing, Franprix, Shakespeare & Company, Galerie Des Arcades, um, uh, Starbucks (ahem), and a bunch of other stores. The big box Carrefour, for instance (the name means “intersection.”) I can see every airport I’ve been to, or even stopped over in, since Google started tracking. I can see hotels that I forgot I ever stayed in, some maybe because I wanted to forget them, some quite nice. Did I really stay in Prescott Arizona eight years ago? Seems that, yes, I did. In the culture category, I see that I’ve been to some movies, the Pinball Hall of Fame, Shakespeare and Company, the Musee de la Bande Dessine (a comic book museum in Angouleme, France,) Barnes and Noble, Rockefeller Center, the Neon Museum, the Sherlock Holmes Museum (don’t bother) and many other places that I’d forgotten about. It names all of the cities I’ve been to, and all the countries too. It missed some, but I can forgive that.
My point is that we’re being tracked, and voluntarily, but devices we pay good money for. Why would the government, assuming they even cared, want to spend money or a system that would, in all likelihood, not work as well?
Looking for this on your phone? It’s accessed through Google Maps. Look under “Saved” and then for “Places Visited.” You’ll be amazed.