Friday, 15 November 2013
every step you take
I've clocked a fair few car miles this week, although it's been at the expense of cycling.
There was a strange moment when one of the online systems I use for monitoring my cycling sent me an automated message saying it was missing my activity.
It links with the story on the front of the Economist this week which is about ubiquitous monitoring and threats to privacy.
I'm not going along the route of the 'life-loggers', but it becomes an interesting challenge to achieve the right balance between functionality and privacy.
More of the systems like Google want to join everything together, presumably to make a better target market of we individuals.
It raises the question around 'Glassware' and similar offerings that can observe and tie things together.
I gather Google won't provide face recognition on the live platform, although I assume that fringe activities will find ways around this.
I already have to smile for the camera every time I enter the United States and the fast lane back into the UK is via biometrics stored in the passport.
The 'next generation identification' systems have subtly become current.