It used to be that I looked forward to OS upgrades by Microsoft, but not so much anymore. Sure, it’s nice to see some features get a facelift with a
few added bells and whistles. Even changes in the UI are great, as long as they make sense and improve the system’s performance/logical
flow/efficiency/appearance or whatever. However, there are certain types of changes that I do feel uneasy with; changes that setoff my internal
warning sirens and make me want to duck for cover. Unfortunately, I think those latter type changes I referred to will only become more and more
frequent, and there’s not a damned thing anyone can do about it.
Every time I hear the terms “cloud” or “Internet of Things”, or when an article describes the new OS’s “voice command” capabilities and
how the system’s AI module will “learn” my preferences, likes/dislikes, etc and automatically tailor the system to behave accordingly, it causes
my sphincter to slam shut and contract so tightly that it makes me walk funny for a day or 2. My discomfort, and everyone else’s for that matter, is
of little significance to Microsoft, and will likely not to be taken seriously. They know most folks will simply stop griping and go with the flow
The IT/Tech industry in general has a pretty well-defined map as to the direction it’s headed, and short of an astroid impact to Silicon Valley it
will proceed as planned. And that plan includes the super-massive collection of very detailed information on all of us. They’re gonna get to know us
better than we know us, whether we like it or not. It will happen through things like the A.I. Assistant, home appliances equipped with a network
interface, cool wearable clothing items connected to the Internet, fashionable eyewear that keeps you up-to-date with current market trends, toilet
paper dispensers that let you know when it’s time to buy more toilet paper, etc. Pretty soon the major corporations will know when you get up in the
morning, what and when you eat, your favorite TV programs, your musical preferences and favorite artists, your sexual preferences, frequency and
ranked performance, how many times a day you take a #2 and the amount of time you typically spend on the throne, etc., etc., etc. Microsoft is just
doing their part and being consistent with the rest of the industry. It’s funny, the NSA has to go to the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter,
Amazon, Microsoft, etc. to get all the really juicy stuff on us, and yet we complain little about the corporations who actually collect the data.
Maybe that’s because the NSA doesn’t make fun gadgets for us to play with.
Seriously, the corporations will take it to the limit when it comes to collecting our personal information. They mainly want it for advertising
purposes and to sell us stuff, and they will absolutely disregard any/all moral/ethical considerations to achieve their goal. Their purpose is to
maximize profits, and to Hell with anything that gets in the way. Personally, I think it all makes perfect sense if the corporations are to assume
control of the nation. They already have the government leadership in their pocket. We’re now the icing on the cake, and their ticket to ungodly
decadent wealth. You know what’s really funny about all this? As long as they throw us a few new gadgets from time to time, we’re happy to play
along with their agenda and look the other way. I guess you could say we’re shameless tech-toy whores.
God, we’re so EASY! And CHEAP!!
Maybe it’s too late to turn back now. The train’s left the station. All I know is I do not want or need cloud services, and do not trust Windows
A.I. Assistant to be faithful to me and not spill the beans to Microsoft. It’s just not fun anymore. Know what I mean?