#Lifelogging may change human interaction at first but then become more widely accepted as #SurveillanceState grows.

posted Mar 13, 2013, 3:24 AM by Peter Joseph Moons

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Life-logging  may change human interaction at first but then become more widely accepted as Surveillance State grows.

Comments by Peter Joseph Moons.




Google Glass, Memoto, and other so-called ‘life-logging’ devices are just coming onto the market in force in 2013.  With them come concerns about authorization to be recorded.  There will likely be three camps in this battle for access/recording: those who use the devices; those who do not want to be recorded; and the indifferent.  The first and second group will battle each other for control of the environment.  Eventually, this technology may become more widely accepted as the devices proliferate.


One could imagine a time coming where businesses and public spaces, such as government offices, that ban such life-logging devices: the bar in Seattle is the first of many to come.  The ‘do-not-track tribe’ will argue that they did not offer their consent to be monitored or recorded while the life-loggers will postulate that they are recording what’s in the public domain already.  These devices, like other surveillance apparatuses, could eventually be linked to other sensory systems such as RFID, facial recognition, voice recording, gait monitoring, and many others. 


One significant issue will be about real-time capture: will the recordings made by Google Glass be accessible by governments?  By pay-per-view subscribers?  Or will users freely offer access like city web cams are now available?  There are many potential privacy problems associated with these types of devices and one could expect state-level or national legislation, depending on the country, to be deliberated and enacted in the future on their usage.


Government Control Grade: 8. (Potential.)

Freedom Grade: 2. (There will not be much personal defense against a life-logging device in the public domain, except to not be present there.)