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"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
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EYE Program  
  A massive government database on civilians.  

Collecting information from the Freedom IDs is just one aspect of the EYE program - a massive database controlled by the government. EYE gathers information from thousands of sources - web searches and phone calls, blog posts and credit card transactions. Every bit of information is stored in quantum computers ...
Technovelgy from Spark, by John Twelve Hawks.
Published by Knopf in 2014
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For comparison, consider that in the 1980's Buck Rogers television series, the future society of Earth lacked anonymity entirely. One of the key benefits that Rogers could provide is that he was completely outside their system, which identified every person absolutely. See the discussion around 41:30 in the episode Buck Rogers: Awakening (Part 2).


(Poster for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)

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