posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 12:51 AM
a reply to: MrMaybeNot
It's currently only available to developers in the US. It looks like it's got the same potential as other technologies to be beneficial and negative
in equal measure. You know, like a gun can be used for murder or defence or like a box-cutter is useful around the home and less useful to airplane
passengers. The printing presses were used to subjugate populations and revolutions were inspired by subversive pamphleteers.
The door always swings both ways...
Surveillance giants like the NSA could conceivably develop a project that piggy-backs on existing google hacks. Instead of just using the android to
locate people and monitor their comms, they'd be able to draw a 'live' 3-dimensional schematic of their environment. Phones can be used to record
audio of targets and use cameras too, but a camera isn't much use in a pocket or face down on a coffee table. This could surpass that particular
Further afield, with Google's power resources, how many US people have an android device? Google could partner up with social psychologists and
observe the pedestrian and vehicle traffic of a city. Project Tango (in the future) might be able to collect the movements of anyone in view of the
application whether they are phoneless or on iPhones. This could (yeah, yeah, speculating the future and increasing power resources) maybe be used to
render the human traffic of, say, the Bronx as a series of data-points on screens. Think of ATC towers watching blips on the screen representing
single aircraft? Multiply that traffic to several hundred thousand blips and there's gotta be fertile grounds for all types of research.
That kind of data can be used to design healthier urban environments. It can be used to identify triggers for stress in human populations and ways to
People with certain disabilities, like blindness, could find the PT app useful for directing them in public spaces and new buildings.
Technology is benign and it's what we do with it that makes the difference.