Bat Bean BeamJune 28, 2009
Quick pluggage (for what it’s worth, the dribble of readers at this place barely tickling the hit-counter): Bat Bean Beam, “a weblog of memory and technology”. Good post on the Dullest Person I’ve Ever Come Across, which includes this sinister little prediction from Bill Gates:
[T]he highway will also make it possible for an individual to keep track of his or her own whereabouts–to lead what we might call “a documented life.” Your wallet PC will be able to keep audio, time, location, and eventually even video records of everything that happens to you. It will be able to record every word you say and every word said to you, as well as body temperature, blood pressure, barometric pressure, and a variety of other data about you and your surroundings. It will be able to track your interactions with the highway–all of the commands you issue, the messages you send, and the people you call or who call you. The resulting record will be the ultimate diary and autobiography, if you want one.
“…if you want one”: as is too often the case, Gates is distressingly close to the mark. Older visions of continual surveillance – Big Brother is the exemplar – assumed we did not want to be continually monitored and recorded. How wrong they were.