But that will not stop the game that will be played by all sorts of players without any control. To target the state, the government, the police, the armed forces too, is not the best thing to do. You cannot stop a technology as soon as it is made available because the black market will provide it to anyone who wants it. But the real danger is not that government forces, departments or services may have them, because their control can exist in such services. The real danger is that employers may have the technology and thus establish a surveillance of the workplace that will mean firing anyone who would be revealed as slack on any criteria imaginable. And imagine gangs having that technology and using it to follow up their “customers” and their “members.” And imagine some conservative and reactionary groups having it to put some areas under surveillance to track and hunt down LGBTQ practices, actions or whatever, as well as keeping delinquants out of churches, or cemeteries, or schools, or shopping centers, etc. We had the same type of campaign with DNA technology. That has not stopped the spreading of it and we know the tremendous scientific progress it has brought to medicine, archaeology, criminology, and so many other fields of research and practice. Amazon is the wrong target, and the government and its services are the wrong targets. We need some regulation to make sure this technology does not end up in wrong hands, and even so the black market will provide it to the wrong hands.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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