You do not have control over your ideas, your passions, or even your DNA anymore. Your biological material and your ideas may be taken without your awareness of it. You do not need to consent anymore, for people to take the products of your body or mind. This fact was highlighted in the Season 2 premiere of HBO’s Westworld, a show that echoes many of our high tech, dystopian fears of AI, robotics, and humans relieved of their civil veneer.
“The terms state that once you enter Westworld, the company “controls the rights to and remains the sole owner of, in perpetuity: all skin cells, bodily fluids, secretions, excretions, hairsamples, saliva, sweat, blood, and any other bodily functions not listed here.” What’s more, it reserves the right to “use this property in any way, shape, or form in which the entity sees fit.””