7 years ago in Blog

The Farmville of the Future?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon

The Panopticon was intended to be cheaper than the prisons of his time, as it required fewer staff [..] According to Bentham's design, the prisoners would also be used as menial labour walking on wheels to spin looms or run a water wheel. This would decrease the cost of the prison and give a possible source of income.

Neat, huh? And then there is this mind-boggling twist:

Bentham remained bitter about the rejection of the Panopticon scheme throughout his later life, convinced that it had been thwarted by the King and an aristocratic elite. It was largely because of his sense of injustice that he developed his ideas of 'sinister interest' – that is, of the vested interests of the powerful conspiring against a wider public interest – which underpinned many of his broader arguments for reform.