Freak-out at 2:18pm. You can’t opt out. It sets off a loud sound. The first nationwide cellphone alert will occur at 2:18pm Eastern, tomorrow, Oct. 3, 2018. This is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency, scary looking men will comandeer your device, appear onscreen and scare the bejeezus out of you. The intent is to use these alerts “only for advance warning of national crises” according to CBS News today. “This is something that should not be used for a political agenda”, Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security warned. They have the laws and protocols in place to avoid this, Johnson said. “Should not be used?” The weakness of this assurance from a former high official in the United States Government is staggering. And indeed, the reader may remember at this juncture what happened in Hawaii this past January, in which over a million people, virtually the entire population of Hawaii, received a seemingly official alert on their phones that nuclear missiles were heading for them. A member of the faculty of Columbia University, Andy Whitehouse, had the temerity to raise of couple of issues. “The fact that you can’t turn this off, that it will be something that will arrive on your phone whether you like it or not, I think was perhaps upsetting and concerning to some people,” he is quoted as saying. I ask the reader to think about what these devices, and the technological society as a whole, are shaping up to be. More and more, elective uses are going to be supplemented by nonelective ones. The seeds are being sown in our grand social engineering experiment.