This morning I was sitting and watching and listening to some women talking, and one was playing with what is a basic mass market surveillance/security system. I smiled and looked and thought about the not so pleasant side of what is and will be more common in the future. It won't be the petty street crime, rather, something more sinister with intelligent crime and a far more significant issue with political and consumer manipulation. I speak of the united states for this blog post as the internet is simply crap these days. I remember what the idea was in the early '90s and where we have taken it today while providing some beautiful tools for man – it also seems to be heading down the road I always feared with the ultimate "creep" factor with 24/7 surveillance. people freely giving away all their data, and not really getting all the much in return besides the illusion of "security."
I learned about how good the best of the best is when I was in San Francisco, and we had all these freaks of mental genius at our house while I was going to push to make the world's first immersive audiovisual explosion on a human. (smell too!) When I watched the coders and people writing the code for the operating system, I did two things. The first was my jaw hit the floor at how fast and good they could break into the system. The second was genuine respect at the talents they had to stare at a screen and seems to be in synch with the machine, almost as one, while they worked code.
when my old partner ended up selling his company to a massive government contractor, you could see that education and teaching science and technology was not really going to be for anything that did not monetize or profit the internet
Now that I think about it, we had these slick Pelco cameras where we would watch hummingbirds and see how far we would see looking across the bay to Tiburon. I digress…what shifted in me was the work we were doing in entertainment manipulation got us to a point where we could see the ethical uses of the tech. In the world, we live inside the USA, fear, and paranoia have somehow been shoved into the system, and people are no longer living In the land of the free and home of the brave.
Today, It appears we have people with privacy fences, narrowly viewed constructs about what life is like, and all sorts of militarized police system where we forget or don't' know just what our actual military can do if allowed to go. with the world of human-automation and robotics, I wonder how long till autonomous and weaponized security robots will accompany homes because someone has to profit versus asking, "do you really want humanity to live in fear?"
What bothers me, is that I watch Europe and their privacy walls, I watch the developments in Asia and how the systems are being installed in China and other countries that have very different cultural and political systems. The big winners are the conglomerates all too willing and happy to deal in international "capitalism." it is a bit like Orwell predicted in his book 1984.
I love the new issues with the international business but have come to a place where I am ok with not having to pretend each person and home has to protect itself like some government agency. It is funny at all the amazing uses of technology and how humans tend to go back to weaponizing and fear. It is a bit sad, no?
I am not sure if it is better to know what is possible and how to do it, or only better to be naïve and clueless and show the world your mobile phone control. It has me ponder rural living and while I think 5g and newer networks might hold hope to an excellent global bandwidth…I like the idea of a satellite network, but it appears to be almost like a cyclical trend that has played out ever 20 years. I guess do we want to fill our atmosphere with space junk and the one that really makes me gag, "space billboards"
If you ever see the stars from the ISS or any other space shot…the amount of stars and galaxies is staggering.
The man seems to want to blind ourselves from all that, and the subatomic scale…and pretend we are a god with technology. While we are excellent tool makers. As a species, we pretty much suck with thinking we can "control" life.
Ok …this typing from a doughnut shop as I ramble down the highway. No doughnuts – only black coffee!