As with many guys in the USA on New Year’s, I’m in a room with a big screen TV and college football playing. The particular game is the Konica-Minolta Gator Bowl, but the thing that motivated me to write this entry is a commercial from Konica-Minolta. They are selling office equipment (having sold off their photographic equipment division to Sony), including an advanced copier. The commercial shows two office workers discussing the capabilities of their new Konica-Minolta copier, and one of them mentions the built-in biometric access facility. The other one responds with a warning that the machines are going to take over the world and take dominion over humans. The first office worker gives him a look that plainly says, ‘What a nut’, and turns away.
I think it says something when marketing for a major corporation here is willing to take a pot shot at this sort of paranoia.