Skip to comments.Tech Rivals Tout Surveillance Visions [semi-satire]
Posted on 04/24/2018 10:34:45 AM PDT by John Semmens
Facebook Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman boasted that his firm will force users to accept being tracked everywhere they go. Thats just the way it is. This decision was not made in the interest of the users of Facebook, but explicitly to ensure maximum profits for the company. Our business model is based on inducing our users to freely provide us detailed personal information, which we then sell to the highest bidders. Its a virtual license to print money. Why should we stop?
Sherman dismissed the possibility that customers would be turned off by FaceBooks pervasive invasion of privacy. Privacy is an antisocial concept, he maintained. It may have had its uses in an earlier era, but today everyone wants to be someone. Putting all their personal data on the web is a convenient and inexpensive way to to that. The lure of being a social media celebrity is too tempting for the modern generation to resist. The fact that we have over two billion active FaceBook users proves that.
Not to be outdone, Microsofts Bill Gates touted his EarthNow initiative as a more powerful surveillance tool by pointing out unlike FaceBook, it doesnt require anyone to opt in before we can begin tracking them. Our network of orbiting satellites can track anyone anywhere on the planet. We will know where you are. Who youre with. We can track your movements 24/7. No one will escape our scrutiny.
I see a day when society can monitor the globe to instantaneously identify unacceptable behaviors, words, and attitudes and dispatch intervention teams to rescue people from deviancy, Gates envisioned. People could be treated, therapies and medications administered as needed to prevent social isolation and nonconformity. Loneliness would become one of the afflictions that could finally be cured.
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They say god sees everything, knows everything, hears every prayer. Hmmm.
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