Being the Borg

Technology works both ways, like pretty much anything else. We have needs and we find ourselves in situations where a new gadget from the market would come in so handy. We ignore the costs, especially when these are intricate and obscure – such as networking a dildo to your smart phone, then to your lover’s phone, and making it respond to the finger’s touch of a screen miles away from your pocket.

An American woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Canadian-owned maker of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging the company sells products that secretly collect and transmit “highly sensitive” information.

The Chicago-area woman, identified in a statement of claim only as N.P., has made her complaints against Standard Innovation (US) Corp., which is owned by the Ottawa-based Standard Innovation Corp, over a “high-end” vibrator called the We-Vibe.

Let’s put this in perspective. You have a car and you drive it on public roads. There is a license plate on your vehicle which helps the traffic watchers to track your moves. This about a hundred years old technology, networked and refined to date, is pretty much accepted and understood by anyone.

The internet of things, 5G, increasingly connects your fridge, your car, your lawn mower, the smoothie maker, tea pot, honey pot, kitchen sink, house lights, garage door and, see above, dildo with more mundane things such as your computer, tv, laptop, tablet or phone.

The internet of things (IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Seems like a sure way to the Borg Collective.

The Borg are a fictional alien race that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones in a hive mind called “the Collective” or “the Hive”. The Borg use a process called assimilation to force other species into the Collective by injecting microscopic machines called nanoprobes, as well as with surgically adding cybernetic parts. The Borg are driven by a need for ‘perfection’, and assimilate other races to further that goal.

Are there happy, horny and more privacy oriented alternatives to the Borg?

Yes. I think so. Here’s just one example.

“At Gilles & Juliette, every fifth exploration is on the house!” Writes and speaks the text in the hologram, idly rotating around a golden pyramid. This shiny billboard, well, not exactly a billboard because it is three dimensional (and round), is one of a kind. Or so you’ll hear Gilles bragging on the terrace about every morning. Tourists, hikers and casual bikers, stop for a sip of coffee, a bite of croissant. They drink the crystal water from the spring and aim for the valley of the eternal shadow. Not before a last exercise in cordiality: “Yes, merci monsieur, your offer is enticing. The pyramid logo is really cool. Thank you!”

Read the whole short story here: “Nikola, Sex & Science”


Cover of ‘Nikola, Sex & Science’ – erotica sci-fi, short story.

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