But let's not stop there, when we are talking about the great advances in technology. It mentions a murder at a Blockbuster store. How was the crime solved? How was the murderer caught? It's simple. The surveillance camera ACROSS THE STREET caught the whole thing on tape and they were able to detect and capture the murderer. Okay, my mind can handle and appreciate that. It was used for good. Now, I am really not a deep thinker, I usually just read these articles, take what I can from them and move on, but the author pushed me further when he questioned, "Who knows how many hidden cameras populate the homes, businesses, parking lots and roads we pass through each day?" Okay, how am I supposed to react to that. My neighbor across the way, could have a camera that sees into my balcony doors. I am thinking as I read, those blinds will never be opened again. Who needs natural light?
Continuing on, an English company is developing a toilet that is embedded with sensors that can monitor your diet and health problems. I don't think I have a need for a toilet that can tell me about what's been going in or coming out. Again, my mind drifts, what if they start installing these at the YMCA. I can't pee anywhere anymore or they are going to know everything about me. I am going to have stop drinking.
And then I read about Microsoft's MyLifeBits project that combine cameras, sensors, and terabyte hard drives that store and retrieve everything we see, hear, and read. And did I mention this is all part of the clothing that we wear? So, now I am thinking, goodness I will go out one night to innocently listen to a favorite band and there I will be in someone's glass camera. Great. They will never forget me. (I'm not sure what they would catch me doing, other than talking nonsense with friends or playing Uno between bands, but seriously, I don't like the idea of being recorded without my knowledge. It seems to be a major violation of my privacy.)
Hopsitals have a new RFID chip that they are implanting into patients. A patients chart will never be lost again. "Just a scan of your wrist sir, and I will be able to treat you for whatever you need." Rather than, "Let me look at this chart at the end of your bed and I will be able to help you." Really, was it that much easier? Are we going to start implanting babies the moment they are born. "Oh dear woman, let me just implant this chip in your babies foot and then you can hold her." AHHH!
Then there is this SENTRI technology that employs the use of microphones. It can detect the sound of a gunshot, point a camera at the point of origin and then summon the police. Are they going to try and pick up my voice?
The funny thing is that I live a perfectly acceptable life. If anyone wants to film me, or voice detect me, or trace me, its their loss (of time), they are not going to find anything too exciting. And yet, I can't help but feel paranoid. I can't help but feel like BIG BROTHER is watching.
That movie Eagle Eye is starting to seem much more realistic and far less fantasy to me. I'm not sure I really want to know all the technological advances that are being made. There might be some peace and joy to ignorance.
All of this blog is thanks to the extra 8 hours I had today due to the "snow." I included a picture of what I peaked through the blinds to find this morning (and I literally mean peaked). I hope you all are well!
Morville, Peter. 2005. “Intertwingled.” In Ambient Findability, 64-97. Sebastopol, Calif.: O’Reilly Media.