It appears that all we have done, in the name of progress, is to trade that kind of village-level invasion of privacy with a global one. A horrendous loss of privacy in which there is no possibility of being anonymous anymore, whether in a big city or in a village!
Even before the GPS-enabled smartphones, the cellphone data gave away our location information. The smartphones made that all the more easier.
When we read books--the old paper kind--nobody knew if we read only the first seventeen pages of Ulysses or lasted until the very end. Now, ebooks routinely keep track of that information and relay that to their bosses, along with data like whether we highlighted or bookmarked anywhere in the book, and more. Heck, they can even make the ebook you purchased disappear!
If we didn't want to talk to anybody and did not want to read any book, we might have turned the telly on and cursed at the dull and boring shows while rapidly changing channels. Smart TV with voice recognition will bring you the internet right to the TV and you can even bark your commands, they say. Apparently, they didn't tell us this part:
Orwell wrote: “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.”
Depressingly enough, all of this is just more evidence that "yes, if your smart gadget is connected to the internet, then it's probably collecting data on you."Meanwhile, how about this news story about a robot attacking its owner? Ok, it wasn't like HAL. And to some extent, well, funny. But, hello!
When a South Korean woman invested in a robot vacuum cleaner, the idea was to leave her trustworthy gadget to do its work while she took a break from household chores.You, too, should be worried at all these developments.
Instead, the 52-year-old resident of Changwon city ended up being the victim of what many believe is a peek into a dystopian future in which supposedly benign robots turn against their human masters.
The woman, whose name is being withheld, was taking a nap on the floor at home when the vacuum cleaner locked on to her hair and sucked it up, apparently mistaking it for dust.
Remember, these are all private corporations. And then there is the government. Be afraid. Be very afraid ... so, party like it is 1984 ;)