"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off – a hundred, two hundred billion dollars – and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
The planet Yildakezer 7 (Chissoku Bogmak) is an authoritarian, monarchist, and crushingly sexist place. The customs officers require ALL offworlders to wear a bracelet like this. It has personal information -- including age. This is relative to the age of consent, and also relative to the seperate age of responsibility, which does not exist for women. A tracking device and an explosive booby trap are also included.
Various tracking bracelets and monitoring devices are available. Martha Stewart, sentenced to five months of home monitoring, sports the BI 9000, the latest in "offender management solutions" from BI Corporation. This 3.5 ounce ankle bracelet is connected wirelessly to a base station installed in the home.
One of the most recent is the BluTag, from Satellite Tracking of People LLC. FCC approval has just been given for the BluTag, a new wearable GPS ankle bracelet for tracking ex-cons and people on probation or house arrest. It comes with built-in GSM/GPRS transmitter for automatically transmission of your location to the authorities.
Compare to the Wrist Search Display from A Matter of Size (1934) by Harry Bates, Wireless Wrist Intercom from The Shape of Things To Come (1936) by H.G. Wells, Reserve Bracelet from Plague (1944) by Murray Leinster, Tattletale from The Game Players of Titan (1963) by Philip K. Dick, Wristband Viewer from Changeling (1980) by Roger Zelazny, Implant-Watch from Cloak of Anarchy (1972) by Larry Niven, Predator Wrist Display from Predator (1987) by John McTierna, Wrist Command from Tides of Light (1989) by Gregory Benford, Inertial Bracelet from Psychohistorical Crisis (2001) by Donald Kingsbury, Command Bracelet from Sagramanda (2006) by Alan Dean Foster and the Wristpad from New York 2140 (2017) by Kim Stanley Robinson.
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