May 10 2008 / by futuretalk
Category: Other Year: General Rating: 12 Hot
By Dick Pelletier
Ever since the first true nanomedicine product came on the market, a caged cancer drug that releases once bound to the cancer cell, researchers have been working towards utilizing these technologies for control purposes.
Last week it was announced that NanoCage, in collaboration with United Penitentiary Systems, have developed the first barless prison. Upon entry, inmates are injected with a cocktail of caged drugs that have a variety of effects when released via radio control. The base technology utilizes focused radio waves that enable the drugs to cause the intended pain to the prisoner.
The basis for this futuristic security system is a net of radio transmitters that surrounds the facility. As a prisoner crosses the perimeter threshold, the radio signals will cause the release of one type of caged drug. For instance, if the prisoner crosses an inner warning perimeter, a drug will be released that causes extreme vertigo and mild nausea. If the prisoner continues, the next perimeter will signal the release of incapacitating sedatives, and if the last signal is reached, it will trigger a fatal dose of narcotics. These perimeters are spaced far apart enough to prevent unintentional crossing of more than the first.
The caged drug is connected to an antenna that upon receipt of a specific radio signal causes the physical break down of the carbon-nanotube-based cage. The package including the antenna is roughly half the size of a red blood cell. A coating of biocompatible molecules minimizes the physiological side effects from the caged drugs. (cont.)
Guards in barless facilities will be equipped with radio transmitters that can be aimed at individual inmates or larger areas to quell local unrest. The transmitters used by the guards will be unable to access the frequencies that trigger the fatal dosages.
NanoCage and United Penitentiary Systems claim this is the new model for working prisons, where inmate labor is unencumbered by restraints or monitoring devices and physical investment costs are not much more than traditional factories.
Most positive futurists believe that this is a good idea. It may have a little “big brother” stigma attached, but it could be enough of a threat to turn some would-be criminals into law abiding citizens. And it will certainly make prison labor more competitive, which might help rehabilitate wrongdoers.
What do you think? Is this technology good for humanity’s future, or is it just another way to abuse the downtrodden? Comments welcome.