"Put Down the Cheesecake!" -- When Your High #Technology Fork Monitors Your #Food Intake...

posted Jan 9, 2013, 2:38 AM by Peter Joseph Moons
"Use The Fork, CES, Let Go Of Reality" - Forbes

"CES 2013: Smart Fork Tracks Your Eating Habits" - Discovery

FYI, the HAPIfork tracks:
     • How long it took to eat your meal.
     • The amount of “fork servings" taken per minute.
     • Intervals between "fork servings".

The HAPIfork
From http://www.hapilabs.com

Comments by Peter Joseph Moons:

The HAPIfork is disturbing.  This utensil is a mashup of food.gov and your parent wrapped into one device, linked to the web, tracking your eating habits.  There is great benefit in the #quantifiedself: a movement that is collecting mounds of data on the individual, which will aid in understanding human behavior.  As long as use of such quantifying devices remains voluntary, there is no concern that your freedom to freely mack out on french fries is at stack.

This is only the first generation of the consumer product.  One could imagine far-out follow-on features that analyze the calorie count of food, determine quantity of food to maintain portion control, as well as monitor the right nutritional balance.  In a worst case scenario, everyone would use 'smart utensils' that would verify the food you eat meats government standards (cf http://www.nutrition.gov/ and http://www.choosemyplate.gov/). 

Even further, imagine if your refrigerator, utensils, cookware, sink, bathroom scale, and toilet were connected to each other, monitoring your intake and outflow: you would live in a domicile panopticon.  There would be no sneaking cheese doodles at night because the pantry door would rat you out.  One wonders where this technology is going to take us.

To paraphrase Martin Niemöller: 'First they came for the french fries, but I didn't speak out because I didn't eat french fries.  Then they came for the fried mozzarella sticks, but I speak out because I didn't eat fried mozzarella sticks.  Then they came for my chimichanga, and there was no one left to speak out for me.'

Government Control Factor: 0 (but this could be a slippery, or in this case, greasy, slope and increase over time.)  Freedom Factor: Still 10.