Many of you will remember those words, spoken by HAL, the computer that decided to have a mind if its own in the film 2001: A space Odyssey.
What goes around comes around, and now we have the government's surveillance Minister (who knew we had one of those?) saying that "the technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it".
He's talking about HD CCTV cameras that can recognise a human face at a distance of half a mile. There will be over 129,000 of them in use in the UK by the end of this year, and as many as 3.7 million by 2016.
There is fear of a public backlash, and Andrew Rennison - the aforementioned Minister - wants to have more control over the way these cameras are used. At the moment he has virtually no power to do anything if people complain.
The Home Office says Mr Rennison would develop a new code of practice to "empower the public to shine a light on those who operate camera systems in public places, challenging them to show the use of these systems is justified, proportionate and effective".
Having seen some bad cctv where it was difficult to see a person let alone a recognisable one there is a need for a good definition system, but it normally does not have to be quite that that good. You have to remember most cctv images are not looked at unless there is reason to do so, it is only the 'view the public' systems that may need greater than standard definition.
I'm someone who believes that surveillance of public places is a good thing. There are numerous instances of these cameras providing police with just the information they need to make arrests/bring charges.
I think the point being made here is not that cameras are bad, but that it is necessary to have a proper means whereby the people who operate them are sufficiently regulated. I don't particularly mind my face being recorded as I pinch an apple from my neighbour's tree, as long as the resulting image doesn't turn up on Facebook the next day. The Minister's concern seems to focus on getting a grip on the problem before it becomes one, so to speak, and I have to say I'm with him all the way.