posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 06:04 PM
MIT has been up to some interesting shinanigans along these lines:
"Reality Mining defines the collection of machine-sensed environmental data pertaining to human social behavior. This new paradigm of data mining
makes possible the modeling of conversation context, proximity sensing, and temporospatial location throughout large communities of individuals.
Mobile phones (and similarly innocuous devices) are used for data collection, opening social network analysis to new methods of empirical stochastic
The original Reality Mining experiment is one of the largest mobile phone projects attempted in academia. Our research agenda takes advantage of the
increasingly widespread use of mobile phones to provide insight into the dynamics of both individual and group behavior. By leveraging recent advances
in machine learning we are building generative models that can be used to predict what a single user will do next, as well as model behavior of large
We have captured communication, proximity, location, and activity information from 100 subjects..."
The origional subjects were volunteers it's important to note, but who knows how long that "little" ethical technicality will be adhered too?