Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"In my mind I have gone all over the universe, which may make it less important for me to make piddling little trips... I did enjoy seeing Stonehenge. It looked exactly the way I thought it would look."
- Isaac Asimov

Tattletale  
  A device is attached to a criminal suspect, ensuring that his whereabouts are always known.  

This is a good prediction of the idea of an "ankle bracelet" - a device that is used to ensure that people on house arrest really do stay in their houses.

"Mr. Hawthorne and I have decided not to book any of you: there's no direct evidence involving any one of you in the crime. But if we do let you go, you must agree to carry tattletales with you at all times. Inquire of your attorney Mr. Sharp if that will be acceptable."

"What the hell is a tattletale?" Joe Schilling asked.

"A tracing device," Hawthorne said. "It will inform us where each of you are at all times."

"Does it have a telepathic content?" Pete asked.

"No," Hawthorne said. "Although I wish that it had."

On the vid screen, Laird Sharp, youthful and active-looking, said, "I heard the proposal and without going into it any further I'd be inclined to label it a clear violation of these people's rights... Don't allow them to hook any sort of monitoring devices to you, and if you discover they have, rip them off..."

From The Game Players of Titan, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1963
Additional resources -

The first officially sanctioned use of ankle bracelets (or ankle monitors) occurred in 1983, under Judge Jack Love in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It's also interesting that Dick mentions the idea of "telepathic content" to find out more about the subject than just location. Ankle monitors today can accurately report alcohol use, by sampling the subject's perspiration; results are reported via the Internet to police monitors. The device is called a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), and they've been used in Florida for DWI and domestic-violence cases. They are made by Colorado-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc. and cost $100 each to set up and $12 a day to operate. Much cheaper than jail, for you taxpayers.

It's likely that the actual impetus for the development of the ankle bracelet or ankle monitor comes from the Spider man comic books:

A New Mexico district court judge, Jack Love, read a late 70s Spider-Man comic strip in the newspaper, where the villain Kingpin was tracking Spider-Man via an electronic tracking bracelet on Spider-Manís wrist. Love theorized that such a device would work in real life, as well.

He struck an arrangement with a computer salesman to develop the devices, which were introduced in New Mexico in 1983. They proved to work well, and a similar device was then developed in Florida a year or two later.

Both tests were successful, and the product then went national, leading to the current arrangement today.
(Via ComicBookResources)

Comment/Join this discussion ( 1 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from The Game Players of Titan
  More Ideas and Technology by Philip K. Dick
  Tech news articles related to The Game Players of Titan
  Tech news articles related to works by Philip K. Dick

Tattletale-related news articles:
  - 'Hug And Kiss' Baby Ankle Monitor
  - SCRAM Anklet For Lindsay Lohan

Articles related to Surveillance
Project KOVR Fashion Protection From Infosphere
Is Genetic Testing At Businesses A Bad Idea?
Sweden Outlaws Drones
Use Your Brainwaves As A Password

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Cattle Avoidance Feature In Indian Autonomous Cars
'The driver went about the business of gently slipping the teflon-coated metal scoop beneath the first animal...'

Project KOVR Fashion Protection From Infosphere
'... the entire shroudlike membrane took on whatever physical characteristics were projected at any nanosecond.'

Twist Bioscience High Density Digital Data On DNA
'They tied the memory to the bloodline and that was their record!'

'We're Not Creating A Terminator' Say Russians About Gun-Wielding Robot Fedor
Nobody is thinking about the Terminator. Westworld, maybe.

Vantablack Now IMMEASURABLY Black
'a black coating now thatís ninety-nine percent absorptive...'

Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Taxi Fleet In 3 Years
'... the taxi utilized sophisticated electronic sensors to perceive its surroundings.'

Is 'The Pulsar Positioning System' Evidence For SETI?
'For a hyperspace jump, you need at least four beacons for an accurate fix.'

Someday, You Might Like VR Enough To Move In
'That barrier was going to melt away someday soon. The transhumanists had promised...'

Humans Use Mental Power For Turtle Slavery
Now we need to start looking for animals with fingers...

Solar-Powered Moisture Vaporator
'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.