Living on line…Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 by Roberto Saracco
The widespread use of digital camera, now most everyone has a digital camera in her cell phone…, is changing the way we record our memories, and the availability of miniaturized camcorder is leading to a massive amount of digital recording of our life moments. Goggles with embedded cameras are becoming a common sight on ski slopes or trekking adventures.
Now, Taser International is selling its Taser Axon camcorder to police forces to be worn as a standard equipment, letting them to record their actions continuously. Interestingly, the recording is being stored “in the cloud”, with the devices able to store locally up to two hours. This local recording is transmitted and stored in the cloud as soon as a wireless connection becomes available.
It is easy to imagine that what is now a specialized application will become widespread in just a few years. Are we going to be haunted by our images?
Clearly, the Big Brother is looming, but is not the one imagined by Orwell. The Big Brother is me, it i you!
We are the ones that capture our life moments and share them. Whereas capturing a snapshot with a camera may form time to time become embarrassing, capturing a whole life (or significant portions of it) is almost sure to become a source of embarrassment.
I guess this is another area where technology is moving faster than our understanding of its effect and our capability to cope with it.
It is another example of the need for a sort of “tutor” to manage our data, letting us the option of backtracking. It has been often said that what you post on the web is there forever and forever beyond your control. It does not have to remain like that, and I think we will see a tremendous business opportunity in the management of data, beyond any concern about privacy since, as I suggested the Big Brother is “us”.
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