The first character introduced on the ABC television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a man named Michael Peterson. Through a complicated series of events Mr. Peterson is eventually captured by a nefarious organization. This group severely injured him and then replaced several of his limb with extremely strong cybernetic prosthetics. They also removed one of his eyes and replaced it with a camera capable of transmitting everything he sees. The group could send message to Mr. Peterson, now known as Deathlok via text that would appear in his field of vision. The cybernetic eyeball was also equipped with an explosive device which could kill Deathlok instantly. This evil organization was able to use Deathlok as a weapon by sending him instructions and threatening his own life, as well as the life of his son.
This is an example of a way for a group to use advanced cybernetic enhancements to spy on and control the life of another person. Blackmail and extortion have been used in the past to accomplish these goals. But the technology portrayed in the show demonstrates a disturbingly more easy way of spying and control. A person controlled with a system like this loses all personal freedom and autonomy. They are treated as nothing more than a machine to be commanded. In the future, laws should make it extremely difficult to implant cybernetic devices into a subject without permission. However, I fear that this is very difficult to do. Criminals usually find a way of accomplishing their goals. If this technology is made relatively easy to duplicate, it may be impossible to stop criminal organizations from implanting devices meant to coerce cooperation. Used properly, this technology could benefit the lives of countless amputees and people suffering from blindness. Used improperly, and a criminal organization may be able to easily amassed a group of slaves.