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Originally posted by mwen
Originally posted by SkipShipman
Can anyone shed light upon the idea that every cathode ray tube in a binary connection may also act as a camera?
In my thoughts it may be possible, considering the two way connection that happens in most all cable television systems. Sophisticated electronics could parse the noise factor in such a connection, and it is well known that NASA has imaging software that can clarify otherwise muddy images...
I have also wanted to know how they calculate TV ratings....Do they know who is watching what...at anytime?
Well, read this article (chapter 5):
Digital television gives the viewer a whole range of possibilities. He can be interactive with game shows, he can buy 'on-line' if he sees anything nice on Sex and the City. These features are all possible because digital TV is capable of sending more information at a time to the viewer. The interaction is also possible because instead of one way broadcasting, digital TV can send signals back to the cable company or broadcasting company.
An example that this interaction is not desirable in all cases shows TiVo. TiVo is a kind of super VCR, it can record an enormous amount of television on its hard disk. Next to that it offers a smart program guide. With hundreds of television channels it's impossible to zap through all them or to make a list of shows you want to see. TiVo can do the job for you, it remembers your preferences and gives you a list of your favorite programs as you turn it on. At first sight this is a great future, but TiVo admits that its apparatus sends information about his viewers preferences back to the 'mothership'...
[edit on 22-7-2005 by mwen]
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
why don't you just turn the tables and start watching "them" ?
keep an extensive database on what they eat for breakfast, where they drive, and when they wake up.
Originally posted by Marid Audran
Wow. Let me first say I have never been a big fan of the whole idea of a "big brother". It has always seemed logistically unfeasable.
This article really served as a wakeup call to me. This information is so easy to find for the public which makes me wonder what is available to the "elite".