Cyborg hate crime

Steve Mann, leader in the field of fixing reality, was the victim of what appears to be an anti-cyborg hate crime in Paris, France.  On the other hand, it might be violent and insane enforcement of that McDonalds's anti-camera policy -- which I would argue still constitutes an anti-cyborg hate crime, because they assaulted a man who had something camera-looking on his face, even though he provided medical documentation that he needed and couldn't remove the device. Here's an article from io9, here's Steve's blog post on the topic, and here's SourceFed's video (embedded below), any of which should catch you up to date on the facts of the story:

Reddit and TechCrunch have both responded.  Digging through the comments on Reddit, I became discouraged from finding any sort of coherent intent after a whole bunch of SRS worthy culture bashing, but I bet there's something productive in there.  Somewhere.

TechCrunch's response is to call for a boycott of McDonalds until they reimburse the damage cost to the glass:

I propose a boycott of McDonald’s (not like you were going to go anyway) until Mann reports restitution for damages. This is an outrage and it’s terrible that Mann had to go through this.

I'm on board.  McDonald's is my favorite fast food restaurant, but I can handle going to Wendy's for a few weeks (or forever).  I can only really eat fast food two days a week, anyway.

This is a big deal -- not just because it might be a hate crime, and not just because McDonald's and the French government are ignoring Mann's pleas for justice -- or at least consideration.

It's a big deal because Steve Mann is just the cutting edge on coming technology.  Maybe it won't ever be the majority, but some day soon, a lot of people are going to get augmentations like this.  I would be deeply surprised if there were not, within my lifetime, affordable options for generally available augmented reality attachments.

I'm pretty sure I'd be up for it.  And if I decide I am, I don't want to have to worry about being treated like the technology that's anchored into my skull is the same thing as sneaking around snapping pictures.  The lack of protection for photographers is already depressing, but we're pretty much past the horizon line on cameras-everywhere.  I don't think you can even buy a phone without a camera in it now.