The state of surveillance

The state of surveillance

Summary: Worth reading: BusinessWeek looks at the state of surveillance, ranging chips and biochemical sensors that identify your "halo" to artificial noses that sniff out explosives. And don't forget about the satellite images that see all from afar.

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Worth reading: BusinessWeek looks at the state of surveillance, ranging chips and biochemical sensors that identify your "halo" to artificial noses that sniff out explosives. And don't forget about the satellite images that see all from afar. Given what's going on around the world, as in the continuation of 9/11 in the terrorist attacks in London, massive investments will be made in building and acquiring surveillance technology and equipment in the coming months and years, not just by federal, state and local governments, but also businesses, from hot dog stands and salons to the Fortune 500.  A surveillance society is a society under siege (and greed), and until that condition changes, privacy will also be under siege... 

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  • Surveillance by itself is not bad.

    We could, after all, live a completely free and open society where instead of privacy meaning you we don't see, it means we don't care.

    Our form of privacy is actually realitvely modern. The real deal is that people care to much what others are doing, whether is bad or not. We make a policy of hidding from everyone. We lie to our children, our children lie to us. We lie to and hide from everyone. If we were an open an honest society, willing to accept the differences of our neightbor. We wouldn't need to hide. If we could trust our government to be open, we wouldn't need to hide.

    But no, it won't happen. Visual privacy and virtual anonimity are required because we can't trust each other to not judge. So we have to leave open the windows for the criminals so we can get on with our business of lying to each other and hidding from everyone. I'm pointing my finger directly at Christians here, but to be fair it isn't just them.

    There is also problem with politicians using power beyond their scope, but that is harder to do if you are equally exposed.
    Zinoron
  • And not a da** thing you or I can do about it.

    "Progress" has never been stopped.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Tautology

      [i]"Progress" has never been stopped.[/i]

      Not a terribly meaningful statement, that, since "progress" is the direction from the past to the future.

      The more interesting question is, will "progress" bring us freedom or slavery, prospertity or poverty, privacy or overseers?
      Yagotta B. Kidding
      • all of the above...

        and as usual it will depend on who you are, and how much you have.
        pesky_z