"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
In the world of Todos Santos, the vast arcology that forms the centerpiece of the novel, residents don't mind being in public spaces that are constantly monitored by the guards. In fact, they don't mind that the inside rooms of their homes are also monitored by guards, as shown in this excerpt situated in a guard room full of monitors.
Compare this use of surveillance with the telescreen from George Orwell's classic 1948 novel 1984.
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