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China is driving the rise of omniscient machines

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The Terminator movies were prediction, not fiction. The proof abounds in China, recently dubbed by CBC as the world's first digital dictatorship.

China has interfaced wireless technology with surveillance cameras and facial recognition software to form Sky Net.

And fifth-generation mobile phones, or 5G, are coming to Canada.

That means Chinese technology and its usage are of eminent concern to Canadians.

"Technology has made the dystopian novels of the 20th century almost seem quaint because the level of surveillance is so great and very inconsistent with our own views, and our own society, of the right of individuals to live their lives privately," former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell said in a recent segment on CBC News.

"Some of the new monitoring and surveillance is straight out of Orwell's 1984 and should concern everyone," said MP Erin O'Toole, the foreign affairs critic for the federal Conservatives.

O'Toole believes Canada shouldn'telut allow Chinese companies like Huawei to implement 5G here.

"There's been a real concern amongst the Five Eyes security partners – United States, U.K., Australia, New Zealand – that some of the smaller........

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