9 Creepy Patents That Will Make You Worry About the Fate of
Okay, these are quite disturbing. This should be a bioethics problem - because these 'electronics' devices threaten to truly 'read our minds' - which
is a scenario I think is dangerous...
1) Your Social Media Doppelgänger
First it watches you. Then it learns. Then, as far as your networks are concerned, it becomes you.
2) The noise-dampening, lie-detecting throat tattoo
You know what's annoying? All the background noise on the other end of the line when you're trying to talk on the phone. Sure, you could just go find
a quieter spot to talk in, or you could try this noise-dampening electronic throat tattoo patented by Google for Motorola. That's a normal, stylish
thing to have on your neck, right? Kind of like a necklace — only implanted on your skin, and with the ability to steal voices.
It does seem kind of one note, though… maybe if it had some other function. Fortunately, Motorola is way ahead of us. The tattoo can also use
galvanic skin responses to tell when you are lying. Handy.
How does it "steal voices"?
Electronics, to me and my not-physics-friendly brain, seem magic already - but, yes, this is starting to sound like "alien abduction stories". Makes
the 'stories' about alien abduction and implants seem more - credible - kinda...
4) In the future, the TV watches you
Verizon patented this advertiser-friendly technology that combines a series of audio and visual sensors so that, while you watch TV, the TV can also
watch you back and then send you tailored ads. So, just what behaviors will Verizon be looking for? According to the patent, it could be anything from
"eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, singing, humming, cleaning, and playing a musical instrument."
Oh my. Even when the tv is off??
I cover my PC cam with tape - and don't watch much "tv" - but - wouldn't it seem that one needs to 'sign up' for this, like with Pandora music
6) No, this, is how much you're annoying your officemate
A patent filed by Microsoft in 2010 proposed a system to analyze digital communications — everything from video conferencing to emails to IM —
between employees for behavior, gestures, ways of communicating, even clothing, that have been pre-flagged as bothersome. What would happen to the
data next? It would be crunched to finally give a precise numerical value to the question of just how annoying your co-workers find you.
8) Your TV regrets to inform you that you have too many guests to watch this movie.
Just what is the future of media? Is it a roll-over to entirely streaming video? The rise of the PC as TV? Or is it corporations monitoring the
precise number of people watching a show, so that it can fine us for exceeding the licensing agreement for allowed number of views? If it's the last
one, Microsoft has the patent.
Go to the link above to read the rest. I guess my question is this: will we be 'forced' or 'tricked' into using these technologies?
I think I'd rather opt out. What a strange world it has become in 20 years time. I wonder if I live long enough: will I see 'drones' delivering
packages? Personal jet-packs? Vacations to Mars?
When I think about how much things have changed since I was a kid (only 3 channels, and they didn't run 24/7 - no one knew what a remote was). Phone
hooked to the wall - in rural areas they were 'party lines' - people had to share the service with their neighbors. Cars with no power ANYTHING,
manual chokes, etc.
Imagine how it is for the centenarians - who lived during the time cars were invented, and how baffling the modern world would be to one of them??
Let alone the 'tribes' of people still living in 'isolation'. The movie "The Gods Must be Crazy" comes to mind.
I think humanity has developed a monster that has a life of its own with electronic media and info transfer. It's how Wall Street got so out of
control. Where are we headed??
What do you guys think? Are these "GOOD" ideas? Or scary ones?
edit on 1/19/14 by wildtimes because: fix link
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