posted on May, 2 2013 @ 09:19 PM
Comments? When I look at my Android phone, what strikes me is the amazing amount of environment inputs it has.
1) Cameras on back, camera(s) on front to observe my face.
2) Microphone(s) which can pick out my voice in a noisy environment for speakerphone calls.
3) Accelerometers, which can recognize my unique gait, tell if the phone is moving.
4) GPS receiver, through which the phone can know where it is anywhere on or above the earth.
5) Wifi receiver, through which the phone can know the wifi networks around it, and communicate through them.
6) Cellular receiver, through which is can get similar information about cell towers.
7) capacitive touch screen, through which is can know when its screen is being touched by a human finger, but not a piece of plastic or something
8) Probably many, many more things I don't know about: thermometers, other phone proximity sensors, etc.
And now, through Google glass. Not saying glass is doing it now, but its well positioned a device you were on your head to collect various biometric
data: temperature, possibly pulse, breathing, asleep or awake person (through brain waves) , etc. All of it extend to the vast collection of sensors.
Google actually has a comparatively great record with privacy and rights. But the idea in tech, from decades back has been to move out of disconnected
cyber-space, into real space. Wouldn't it be nice if you could go on Google and search for your keys when you've lost them? The tech is coming where
you can, but only if you allow all the sensors which can image your life and track your possessions in the first place, and that means having the
machines watch your life. Is it worth to you?
For me, I am but there are conditions: The Boston bombers were caught because of surveillance information not from a monolithic surveillance company
or the government, but privately held camera data, I think from a department store. The question is, are companies like Google willing to strengthen
that paradigm of people having control over their own data - sharing it when it can help, keeping it when its nobody's business? If so, bring on the
brave new world. If not, than there are two possibilities: all these new capabilities will remain untapped, or we really will have the dystopian
situation where everybody's views of the world are recorded in some central database. I say let people have and use all that great information, but
let them also control it.