I had lunch with someone today that told me they attended a “Privacy Conference” recently. One of the interesting things that came out of it was that the technologist all thought the lawyers would be the ones that would save privacy and the lawyers all thought the technologists would save it.
Other observations included:
- Kinect has a camera, microphone, a connection to the Internet and a view of the interior of your home.
- Many people carry a device with GPS, camera, microphone, and a connection to the Internet with them wherever they go.
- Surveillance cameras are almost free.
- Someone has demonstrated a system that you can take a picture of a random person on the street and ~40% of the time deliver the person’s SSN within a minute.
- An 8-core computer processor in quantity 1 can be now be purchased for about $8.00. This has implications.
- The UK may have millions of cameras and no improvement in their crime rate to show for it but they were trying to watch the cameras with human eyes. My fear is that we may get 100s of millions of cameras with computer eyes (Kinect technology?) and a police state to show for it.
I think I’m depressed again.