Pace Ellsworth

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Pace Ellsworth
Posted over 2 years ago
what would planet earth be like if we had no privacy, whatsoever?
There you go, I think things as simple as that would do. Cover up the camera and microphone. Of course, cell phones themselves might become more natural and integrated. Google glass and e-paper watches come to mind for starters, and then leapmotion and a few other devices, as well. It might be more complicated than just a sticker over the interface to prevent hacking/surveillance concerns. If the device can use IR sensors, SONAR, or even RADAR, maybe they could "see" without the visible light from a camera aperture, but rather from a sensor hidden under the devices covering. Manufacturers, it seems would be required to give transparency to consumers, or at the very least, the tear-down Youtubers will have to up their game. It seems to me that technology will police itself fairly well on the design and business side. What I really think we are concerned about is bureaucratic abuse of technology. As long the power to abuse is distributed in a free market, it is subject to the checks and balances of consumer choice. Remove the power to the bureaucracy and you have a situation where a consumer's vote doesn't matter on a day-to-day basis. Any subjective argument by someone with sufficient resources at their command will be enough justification for the total digital subjugation of the public, even without their knowing, or at least by maintaining some fraction of that power through propaganda. As soon as somebody develops a personal EMF shield on Kickstarter, I'm buying it. It would prohibit all signals except those white-listed or only transmit signals when the shield is all or partially down. Then again, I might just be able to move to Titan by then. I'm not a hermit, I promise. Not paranoid, either. ;)
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Pace Ellsworth
Posted over 2 years ago
what would planet earth be like if we had no privacy, whatsoever?
From what I understand, security agencies have used that feature, after all, they can track cell phones while they are on at least, even if not during a call, now that they stream data constantly. I wonder if there will be any way to anonymize oneself. I would like to believe that disruptive forces will work on the cell-phone industry and people will soon be able to somehow disable their cell phone cameras until they are operated manually by the user, but by that time, self-powered insect spy drones will no doubt number in the billions, whizzing this way and that, tailing every human. :) The only saving grace will be is people are able to destroy such bugs with impunity by invoking rights to privacy. Oh the times we live in. I suppose we shouldn't be afraid of complete and utter transparency. I think that once that day comes, I'll become a sollipsist, so I won't care.
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Pace Ellsworth
Posted over 2 years ago
what would planet earth be like if we had no privacy, whatsoever?
What type of no privacy world are we talking about? Is a 3d panoramic perfect-focus viewing angle available 24/7 for every human on the planet, or at least everyone in this advanced society? Are all email drafts available for viewing? Is this "private" information available only to the government or is it available to anyone with an internet connection? I'm sure there would be a lot of freakonomics answers, but one thing is for certain: I would hope that an open rebellion would trample a government that monopolized control over access to all private information. Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Absolute knowledge is absolute power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.