Til now, we would like to think that we contain the social freedom to think what we wish to think. Even in the most suppressed societies, where many aspects of our physical lives are regulated, our freedom to think is still present.
China's sociological restriction on birth control can never suppress the actual act of conceiving more than one child through policy alone. While having more than one child may be against the law, it would not be against your biological means. This is just a single example of the physical control that is exerted on individualism through the use of policy, transhumanism for the first time gives policy makers the ability to implement social control at a biological level.
Would it not be increasingly logical for a totalitarian state that wishes to control it's population to engage in means of biologically imposing limits to the reproductive organs or simply removing all reproductive functions, in order to move the state into having even more control over it's population? Yes all of this may seem extremist, yet it really isn't. Much work has been laid out into what is called the creation of the "New Man" or what transhumanists call the "posthuman". The problem is that this posthuman new man will be more like a complete biological quasi robotic slave.
So far I have only explored the reproductive aspect of biological control, but this article is about the ultimate nanny state. Biological control is merely one of the baby steps towards reaching this. With all the developments of deep brain stimulation and other behavioral neural modifications currently being conducted, future developments of these experiments suggest that complete control of the mind may be obtainable.
Aaron has also blogged about this in he's piece on Huxley's "ultimate revolution" being the complete and pervasive Big Brother state. A world where not only are you programmed to feel happy, and content with what ever living conditions are provided, but also suppressed from having any type of true individuality. This can easily go down the path of the creation of the hive mind, which unfortunately will not be explored in this article due to its very own extensive complexities.
There's already tons of talk in tranhumanist circles of how genetic re-engineering will give us the ability to turn our selves into anything imaginable. Yet when you factor in the very real elements of control that exist, its hard to think that this controlling factor would not act quickly to maintain its control over the population. Remember the need to wield power over other people will not easily go away. It may also in fact increase as a new power race begins. A race to merge your consciousness with a machine in order to reach, in essence, "at one with the universe" this will drive those in power to seek out even more power. The reasoning being, that obtaining a universal mind can only be achieved if AI nanomachines go on to turn the entire universe into computronium, which there minds will be the driving force behind such an act.
But lets take a step back and attempt to plot a "progress" timeline to all of this. As mentioned above, simple genetic tweaks will be done for health reason and overall protection. At least that's what will be told. Slowly the genetic tweaks will become more and more pervasive; things such as anger, sadness, depression, and even happiness will be throttled down, and tamed. Before long anything that is believed to lead to antisocial behavior or heightened emotional states will slowly go, mood suppression and happy pills will keep the mind under a cloud of content.
This alone will be enough to put the general population into a command accepting sleeper society, although some out there will still have undesired thoughts. To increase control brain implants will have to be implemented along side genetic modification. The brain implants which can easily be delivered via vaccines in the form of biological nanobots will set up camp on key specific centers in the brain providing total non evasive brain access. Hard-wiring the brain will open the gates to direct thought monitoring and control. At this point any thoughts can be injected directly into the neural cortex and Huxley's ultimate revolution where a slave will learn to love his servitude is finally achieved.
This will be last time I will state that this article is not about how complete mind control can be achieved, but rather about the ultimate nanny state. Til now I have fully shown you how transhumanism and or the enabling technologies that fall under transhumanism open the flood gates to a complete biological control of the human species, but to me this is still one step way from full and total control.
The final revolution, or as it will be sold, will come in the need not just to control your physical self but to control every single aspect of your existence, down to what you perceive reality to be. Yes the final stage is brain uploading. In cyberspace there will no more need to watch you, there will be no more need to police you, there wont even be a need to even assert any type of policy to retain control. At this point your society/reality, or should I just frankly say, your entire universe is programmed. You will see, hear, feel and taste what is programmed for you. There will be no falling out of line, period. You will act and behave under strict guidance and control from the "programmers". They will obtain what they have truly been after godhood over you.