Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy

By Thomas P. Keenan

“Technology is speedily entering into our bodies,” writes cyber specialist Keenan, “and this publication supplies a chilling glance forward into the place that highway could lead on us – on a a technique journey to the full give up of privateness and the commoditization of intimacy.” this is the definitive dissection of privacy-eroding and life-invading applied sciences, coming at you from governments, businesses, and the individual subsequent door.

Take, for instance, “Girls round Me”: a Russian-made iPhone App that allowed somebody to experiment the rapid region for women and ladies who checked in on Foursquare and had poorly secured fb profiles. It mixed this knowledge in a manner by no means meant by way of the unique poster. Going to a Disney topic park? Your creepy new “MagicBand” will alert Minnie Mouse that you’re at the approach and she’ll comprehend your kid’s identify if you happen to strategy her. puzzling over sending your DNA off to Ancestry.com for a few “genetic genealogy”? probably you'll want to reconsider: your genetic details may be used opposed to you.

"This masterful weaving of the negatives and positives of expertise makes for a ebook that's real looking approximately technology’s perils but positive approximately it’s nice potential.”—Foreword Reviews

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Even supposing your final objective might be to speak with different humans, for those who upload whatever for your fb you're actually facing a technological entity. Blogger Margie Clayman expands on that concept, suggesting that “perhaps humans percentage photographs of them[selves] with their kids simply because they think a necessity to end up that they spend sufficient time with their childrens. maybe humans submit images of recent purchases or nice food simply because they wish to end up that their lives are brilliant. ”102 Technocreep_3rdLasers. indd fifty seven 2014-07-02 3:30 PM 58 T h o m a s P. okay e e n a n pictures of our favourite foodstuff and up to date purchases have dealers licking their chops. research of that information, mixed with photographs in our postings, can simply show different issues that we would are looking to purchase. to demonstrate how this could paintings, ponder a photograph of household that I published, and tagged, on fb. within the very close to destiny, a few desktop will most likely research this photograph and are available again with: “Hmm, (tag: Keri) that bad dog’s (tag: Joey) leash is asking particularly tattered—we simply occur to have a sale on them, working via this present day simply. and people boots you appear to like, we’ve obtained them too. incidentally, that ski lodge you appear to get pleasure from nonetheless has area to be had over the Christmas holidays—if you publication now. click on right here. Oh, and are you interested by the magical? (tag: alien craft) we have now books on that. ” There are a few interesting countermeasures that may be deployed to befuddle the bots attempting to learn your pictures. I frequently tag scrumptious goods on my dinner plate with the names of individuals i do know, and fb performs alongside, no less than for now. even if, quickly it could ask “don’t you suggest marketplace East Coast Oysters at the part Shell? ” and supply to have extra despatched to me through an internet nutrition supply corporation. even supposing such a lot machine clients comprehend no less than the various implications of posting and tagging pictures, they appear to have determined, both consciously or implicitly, to move besides the sport. privateness specialists disparagingly referred to as fogeys like this “sheeple. ” also they are those who quit their electronic mail addresses for a loose journal subscription or solution an in depth on-line survey, hoping to win a $500 reward card. They make a Faustian discount with on-line businesses, permitting overall entry to their lives in alternate for providers that seem to be thoroughly unfastened. With bettering know-how, as soon as even a unmarried solid photograph of you is tagged together with your actual identify on fb, your privateness is a goner. you can be identifiable and trackable—unless you are ready for a face transplant, or no less than to substantially alter your visual appeal. Technocreep_3rdLasers. indd fifty eight 2014-07-02 3:30 PM T e c h n o c r e e p five nine Realface Glamoflage shirts have been designed to do just that. Artist Simone C. Niquille has created multi-face designs to distract and confuse facial reputation software program. Her shirts have a few faces, together with that of Michael Jackson and Barack Obama, and, for now at the very least, appear to confuse the face bots.

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