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Microsoft Warns That "1984" May Come True in Three Years Time

George Orwell's 1984 has made waves in the cultural world, even if it's someone comparing the dystopian novel to why they can't buy a breakfast meal after 11 am. However, Microsoft believes that real-life technology may soon replicate Big Brother's in the coming years.

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Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, made the somewhat scary prediction on BBC Panorama. In it, the UK news giant explored how China uses artificial intelligence to keep an eye on its citizens.

Smith said that the government needs to keep up-to-date on how technology can spy on people and create laws to protect citizens' privacy as it develops. If it fails to do so, the technology runs the risk of "racing ahead," and once it gets a headstart, it will be "very difficult to catch up."

Smith is afraid of what might happen if things went unchecked:

I’m constantly reminded of George Orwell’s lessons in his book 1984. You know the fundamental story… was about a government who could see everything that everyone did and hear everything that everyone said all the time.

Well, that didn’t come to pass in 1984, but if we’re not careful that could come to pass in 2024.

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