This quote is from a New York Times article,"What Really Happens in China’s ‘Re-education’ Camps."What does it take to intern half a million members of one ethnic group in just a year? Enormous resources and elaborate organization, but the Chinese authorities aren’t stingy. Vast swathes of the Uighur population in China’s western region of Xinjiang — as well as Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other ethnic minorities — are being detained to undergo what the state calls “transformation through education.” Many tens of thousands of them have been locked up in new thought-control camps with barbed wire, bombproof surfaces, reinforced doors and guard rooms.
By Rian Thum, a historian, who has been conducting research in Xinjiang, China, for nearly two decades.
May 15, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/opin ... camps.html
Any project requiring "enormous resources" always falls under close scrutiny for more economical means to attain the stated goals and thought-control re-education camps are no exception to this rule. Wikipedia's text on the subject points to a recent past experience when it explains, "Reeducation camp (Vietnamese: trại học tập cải tạo) is the official title given to the prison camps operated by the Communist government of Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War. In such "reeducation camps", the government imprisoned up to 300,000 former military officers, government workers and supporters of the former government of South Vietnam. Reeducation as it was implemented in Vietnam was seen as both a means of revenge and as a sophisticated technique of repression and indoctrination, which developed following the 1975 Fall of Saigon. Thousands were tortured or abused. Prisoners were incarcerated for as long as 17 years, with most terms ranging from three to 10 years."
"The term 'reeducation camp' is also used to refer to prison camps operated by the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution, or the laogai and laojiao camps currently operated by the Chinese government. At least 120,000 members of China's Muslim Uyghur minority have been detained in Xinjiang reeducation camps. Some international media reports said as many as 1 million people are being held in such camps in the Xinjiang region. "
History sure likes to repeat itself.
But soon, in the not so distant future, new technological advances in lab-grown brain bits may provide a much simpler and more economic solution than herding individuals into re-education camps with all the associated costs of transportation, housing, feeding, and psychologically re-educating them.
"Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind — and a maze of ethical dilemmas"
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
September 2, 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national ... f5d14c36c2
Implausible you say? I do not think so. Currently a more authoritarian state, spurred on by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, is beginning to supplanting the rule of law in the USA. It is not all that distant from the Japanese internment camps of WWII or throwing immigrant families into jail camps. Surely in the name of economic efficiency there is a better way to control people. A merger of dictatorial rule with brain bit organoids may be just the answer.Today, organoids that resemble different regions of the human brain are routinely spun up from stem cells in large batches in laboratories around the world. Researchers have refined their recipes since the technique was first described five years ago, but the process is surprisingly hands-off: after a few nudges from scientists, stem cells grow into spheres with about a million neurons through a naturally occurring choreography that mirrors early brain development in the womb.
As Doctor A has pointed out in a past post,
Re: Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality
Post by Doctor A » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:25 pm, Post #9
WHY POLITICAL VIEWS ARE SO HARD TO CHANGE AND WHY MY LIBERAL VIEW IS "BETTER" THAN YOUR CONSERVATIVE VIEW
Undoubtedly, if history is any guide, their intent is to codify their amoral brain structure into the laws and policies of government.
For those who say to me, "give them a chance and let's see what they can do," I shout, "not an inch and not a second."
For those who say to me, "pray for them," I shout, "you might as well walk willingly into the gas chamber right now and close the door behind you."
For those who offer me succor, a helping hand in the form of relativism by lecturing me how they have the right to their own thoughts and opinions, I shout, "a position of inserting one's cranium into one's own anal sphincter is not only undignified but blinding to the truth as well. Such self absorption will not protect you."
We are at war; it is a war between competing brain structures. What we are witnessing is the opening salvo of class warfare on a world wide scale. Few dare to call it what it really is in an attempt keep the cauldron from boiling over. Nevertheless, the carnage is just starting and will continue.
From a forum on this website I previously present what I consider to be the most important contextual view of the future in one simple paragraph:
1-B Economic Inequality: The Outrage! FUTURE CONCERNS: THE SINGULARITY
"Let there be no doubt, the single most important aspect we are really battling for here is to control the future, our future. Will we control it or let the wealthy elite control our destiny? Make no mistake, what happens here will determine the outcome of humanity. Whoever controls the Singularity will control the future; will it be them or us?"
Who will control the future structure of the Singularity's brain? Who's brain structure will be maintained and who's will be annihilated genetically or altered through artificial intelligence? If the structures within our brains of today are so strong as to maintain our world views as being correct, then who's values will win the battle of the brain structure?
The question is, who's brain structure will be used for these lab-grown brain bits? I am sure the wealthy conservatives would want their views of the world propagated and hence a better level of control based upon their stem cell organoids and subsequent ideologies. No doubt it will be easier and less expensive to control the masses in this manner.