The daily grind
Having grown up watching countless re-runs of Star Trek and scary movies full of aliens with death rays, I love to hear about the technology and world of the future (despite the fact I hold grave fears for humanity because of climate change and a growing world population).
A ThinkingShift reader from Hong Kong sent me a link to an article about “life recorders”. I hyperventilated over the privacy implications of this device. The notion of a “life recorder” is that it’s a device you hang around your neck and it takes daily photos of things around you and records sound all day long. It uploads all this data, including GPS data, to the cloud and photos are then tagged, people are identified, everything is searchable and so on.
Basically, your whole life is recorded. Talk about a life blog! Or should that be life log? I admit there’s some attraction to this (having a love of history). How cool to locate your 2-year old self cavorting in the plastic swimming pool or watch your ancestors conversing over the family lamb roast. The article asks – would you wear such a device? I know many of you will say yeah, bring it on. I of course would say no. But then again, it might be useful in protecting us – recording our version of what happened during an incident for example. I can imagine courts could subpoena life logs.
Apparently, Microsoft are already on the case and have produced SenseCam, which snaps photos every few minutes and records phone conversations (hello? privacy!). Camera phones have this ability so we are already into lifelogging and recording the daily grind of ourselves and those around us.
And then I came across another article, which talks about an augmented eye lens or computerised contact lens that overlays the eye. Say you’re lost in a city. You could call up a map of the vicinity and it would, quite literally, appear before your eyes. This is a little creepy for me; a little too Borg-like. Would you wear such a lens?
Image credit: University of Washington