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#age 6 POST-GAZE'IrE, JANUAIY 16,20i5 Saint Adalard of Corbie by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Adalard was born in 752 into an illustrious family, his father was Bernard, son of Charles Martel. Martel {688-741) was a Frankish statesman and military leader, the de facto leader of the Franks. Adalard was raised as a nobleman at the court of his cousin Charlemagne. He received a good education in the Palatine School at the Court of Charlemagne and while still very young was made Count of the Palace. In 773, at the age of 20, Adalard en- tered the monastery of Cor- bie in Picard. The monas- tery had been founded by Queen Bathildes in 662. After spending a year in the novitiate he made his vows; he was given the job of gar- dener. Out of humility and a desire for greater seclusion he transferred to Monte Cassino where he hoped to be concealed from the world; but his qualifications and status did not allow him to live long unknown and in seclusion. Charlemagne insisted he return to court where he became Prime Minister to Pepin, Charlemagne's son, who was the King of Italy living in Milan. Charlemagne died on January 28, 814. He was succeeded by his son Louis the Pious. Bernard, son of Pepin, aspired to the throne. Adalard was accused of be- ing in sympathy with him and was sent into exile to the Island of Homelier off the coast of Aquitaine. After seven years, Adalard was cleared of all charges and returned to the court of Louis, becoming one of the King's chief advisers. In 822, Adalard and his brother Wala (one of the greatest men of that age) founded Corvey Abbey ("New Corbie") in Westphalia. Adalard died on January 2, 827. He is honored as patron saint of many churches and towns in France and along the lower Rhine. Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 . 617-536-4110 www'bstnharbrsidehme'cm Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick]. Wobrock Dino C. Manca , Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., FaU River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an [-' On.year G Nubscr/pt/on  announcement of your gift. I" ._lt.,s-,_,_,__ Their subscription will .o begin with the current issue |::=-zo:,,.:=.,,=-.=;z and continue for one year. .-z= Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazeffe to the following person(s). I have enclosed $35 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Phone - Phone Zip Enslaved Welcome to the Matrix: by Technology and the Internet of Things by John W. Whitehead If ever Americans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expediency and comfort delivered by way of blazingly fast Internet, cell phone signals that never drop a call, thermostats that keep us at the per- fect temperature without our having to raise a finger, and entertainment that can be si- multaneously streamed to our TVs, tablets and cell phones. Likewise, if ever we find ourselves in bondage, we will have only ourselves to blame for having forged the chains through our own lassitude, laziness and abject reli- ance on internet-connected gadgets and gizmos that render us wholly irrelevant. Indeed, while most of us are consumed with our selfies and trying to keep up with what our friends are posting on Facebook, the mega corporation Google has been busily partnering with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon and other governmen- tal agencies to develop a new "human" spe- cies. In other words, Google -- a neural network that approximates a global brain -- is fus- ing with the human mind in a phenomenon that is called "singularity," and they've hired transhumanist scientist Ray Kurzweil to do just that. Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, Kurzweil said. "It will have read every email you will ever have written, every document, every idle thought you've ever tapped into a search- engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself." But here's the catch: the NSA and other government agencies will also know you better than yourself. As William Binney, one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA said, "The u/t/mate goal of the NSA is total population control." Science fiction, thus, has become fact. We're fast approaching Philip K. Dick's vision of the future as depicted in the film Minority Report. There, police agencies ap- prehend criminals before they can commit a crime, driverless cars populate the high- ways, and a person's biometrics are con- stantly scanned and used to track their movementS, target them for advertising, and keep them under perpetual surveil- lance. Cue the dawning of the Age of the Internet of Things, in which internet-connected "things" will monitor your home, your health and your habits in order to keep your pantry stocked, your utilities regulated and your life under control and rela- tively worry-free. The key word here, however, is control. In the not-too-distant future, ]ust about every device you have -- and even products like chairs, that you don't normally expect to see technology in -- will be connected and talk- ing to each other.  This "connected" industry -- estimated to add more than $14 trillion to the economy by 2020 -- is about to be the next big thing in terms of societal transformations, right up there with the Industrial Revolution, a wa- tershed moment in technology and culture. Between driverless cars that completely lacking a steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal, and smart pills embedded with computer chips, sensors, cameras and ro- bots, we are poised to outpace the imagina- tions of science fiction writers such as Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a glittering showcase for such Internet-connected techno gadgets as smart light bulbs that discourage burglars by mak- ing your house look occupied, smart thermo- stats that regulate the temperature of your home based on your activities, and smart doorbells that let you see who is at your front door without leaving the comfort of your couch. Nest, Google's $3 billion acquisition, has been at the forefront of the *connected" in- dustry, with such technologically savvy con- veniences as a smart lock that tells your Mercedes-Benz brought its vision for the car of 2030, the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept, to Consumer Electronis Show 2015. thermostat who is home, what temperatures they like, and when your home is unoccu- pied; a home phone service system that in- teracts with your connected devices to "learn when you come and go" and alert you if your kids don't come home; and a sleep system that will monitor when you fall asleep, when you wake up, and keep the house noises and temperature in a sleep- conducive state. It's not just our homes that are being re- ordered and re-imagined in this connected age: it's our workplaces, our health systems, our government and our very bodies that are being plugged into a matrix over which we have no real control. Unfortunately, in our race to the future, we have failed to consider what such de- pendence on technology might mean for our humanity, not to mention our freedoms. For instance, if you were shocked by Edward Snowden ' s revelations about how NSA agents have used surveillance to spy on Americans' phone calls, emails and text rues- sages, can you imagine what unscrupulous government agents could do with access to your internet- connected car, home and medications? Imagine what a SWAT team could do with the ability to access, monitor and control your internet-connected home -- locking you in, turning off the lights, activating alarms, etc. Those still reeling from a year of police shootings of unarmed citizens, SWAT team raids, and community uprisings, the men- ace of government surveillance can't begin to compare to bullet-riddled bodies, devas- tated survivors and traumatized children. However, both approaches are just as lethal to our freedoms if left unchecked. Control is the key here. As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, total control over every aspect of our lives, right down to our inner thoughts, is the objective of any totalitarian regime. George OrweU understood this. His master- piece, 1984, portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has be- come the driving force behind a surveil= lance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. And people are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or "Party," is headed by Big Brother, who appears on posters everywhere with the words: "Big Brother is watching you." MAKE NO MISTAKE: THE INTERNET OF THINGS IS JUST BIG BROTHER IN A MORE APPEALING DISGUISE. Even Fluffy cn be monitored with a Petcube. f