The mode of production of material life conditions the social, political and intellectual life process in general. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.
Marx, Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 1859
Well, yes - but what if, for $350, you can tap into the internet without a screen or keyboard, and wave your hands to access all the information in the world and project a dialing pad onto your palm at the snap of your figures? Where then does social being end and consciousness begin? Or do they become one?
If the video doesn't work, go here for a mind blowing 8 minutes (H/T Orgtheory).
ID cards suddenly seem the least of our worries.