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10 Weird Tech Conspiracy Theories

10 Weird Tech Conspiracy Theories
Written by Izak Van Heerden

Conspiracy theories can be intriguing and very interesting. Some are too far-fetched to be real and others have proven to be real. These theories are everywhere from the government hiding aliens in area 51 to governments and powerful individuals trying to control the world economy. Today, we look at some of the weirdest tech conspiracies in the modern world.

1. Faulty Light Bulbs

According to conspirators, there are bulbs that can glow for years without burning out. Unfortunately, big corporations have kept them away from consumers because they want to make profits. Most bulbs in the market have to be replaced after being used for 1000 hours.

2. The Government Controls the Weather

10 Weird Tech Conspiracy Theories

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In 1993, the high-frequency active auroral research program (HAARP) was started. The project is being funded by the Air Force, the University of Alaska, and the Defense research department. The main aim of HAARP is to study the ionosphere and understand how it influences radio waves.

Although the purpose of the research is very clear, some people have gone the extra mile and claimed that the Alaskan facility does more than that. Conspirators have claimed that the government uses the facility to control weather patterns and cause earthquakes. Some even blame HAARP for the Haiti earthquake.

3. The Government is Spying on Everybody

The National Security Agency or NSA was created to protect Americans from external threats. The agency gathers information and conducts a series of investigations before they confirm a threat. However, the agency has received public backlash after some individuals claimed it spies on people.

   

These conspiracies claim that the NSA is listening in on calls and spying on individuals around the world. The global surveillance system is monitored by both the government and telecommunication companies.

4. Digital and Smart TVs are Spying on You

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TVs have come a long way. There was a time when televisions were heavy, bulky, and box-like. You couldn’t carry a 49-inch TV alone. Fast forward to today and TVs have become lighter with better visuals. The picture clarity is amazing, and the TVs can connect to the internet.

Conspiracy theorists believe that modern TVs have hidden cameras and bugs to listen in on people’s conversations. Some people have even claimed that they found hidden cameras inside those TVs. The question is why the government would spy on the common folk. Do they want to learn your grand ma’s secret recipe? It’s just weird.

5. The Unix ‘Threat’

Operating system conspiracy theories are the most intriguing. Back when AT&T decided to develop the Unix OS in the 1970s, people came up with all sorts of stories. According to some, Unix was designed to spy on competitors.

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AT&T wanted to develop software that was more affordable and readily available. However, conspirators believed that the reason it was cheap is that AT&T wanted to steal information from their competitors. The system would also need constant updates, leading to more sales for AT&T. The conspiracies had gotten so bad that the company sold the project to Novell in the early 90s.

6. Open Source Software a Threat

In the 20th century, Microsoft was on top of its game. Except for Apple computers, all other desktops ran on Windows OS. The company charged manufacturers for using their OS. During the dot.com bubble, the open-source software idea was gaining traction. Developers created free programs that were accessible to everyone.

According to the infamous Halloween Documents, Microsoft management was worried that open-source software would eat into their profits. The leaked documents show that the management was very concerned and wanted to find a way to neutralize the threat.

7. Product Obsolescence

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Isn’t it interesting how tech things become obsolete so quickly? You’ll use it for a few years, and then you have to upgrade to a better version. According to conspiracy theorists, tech companies make their products obsolete on purpose.

These firms sabotage their products to force you to replace them. For example, some people claim that smartphone manufacturers make previous models slow on purpose. Although the usability of phones depends on how you use them, some smartphones do get slow with age.

8. Electric Cars Sabotaged

Most people think that electric cars are a modern invention, but they’re not. The first electric cars were made as early as the 1830s. Science shows that electric cars can reduce carbon emissions and keep the environment clean. So why have human beings taken so long to appreciate this technology?

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According to conspiracies, oil companies have been colluding with governments to keep electric vehicles out of the market. They claim that electric vehicles can lower the global demand for oil – which is true.

9. Mind Control and Time Travel

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We have seen mind control and time travel work its wonders in movies. Comic book characters have made us imagine what the world would look like if time travel and mind control were possible. The following conspiracy theory has some truth to it.

During the cold war, the government conducted secret experiments to see if mind control was possible. However, the project was stopped because it was costly and not plausible. However, some conspiracy theorists believe that there might have been breakthroughs in those experiments. Others believe the government has also researched time travel.

10. Gary Kasparov Vs Super Computer

In 1997, Gary Kasparov, who was the world chess champion at the time, competed in a chess match against IBM’s supercomputer. The experiment was to test the smartness of the computer. Although Kasparov lost the match, conspirators believe IBM programmers interfered with the match to make the computer win and boost sales.

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About the author

Izak Van Heerden

Izak has witnessed a couple of decades worth of changing tech. He hopes to make it a couple more until his conscience can be copied to a cyborg body.

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