Our fundamental problem is that the human brain isn’t evolved to cope with complexity, nor with anything that’s not immediate. Hence we make very foolish decisions in the quest for ultra-short-term “gain” and discount the many profound consequences to near-zero. This is illustrated perfectly by the fact people are eager to buy Orwell Boxes and install them in their own homes, thus permitting wide-open surveillance in order to avoid taking two steps towards their radio or stereo. It’s insane, but human. Hence privacy and its many benefits are tossed aside without second thought in order to gain an illusory benefit. There’s no changing human nature, so the death of privacy is assured.

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