Is Google, unintentionally or otherwise, becoming Big Brothers Best Pal? It would seem that Dave Eggers “The Circle” is truly becoming reality, and Google is turning out to be the source of all the potentially evil technology. Google seems to be building surveillance into nearly everything they are working on. For instance:
Google Glass, aside from surveillance drones, what other technology has reached such a controversial pitch than Google Glass? There is an insidious, creepy feeling about Google Glass in the public realm. At work, on your job, at home maybe Glass would be a great monitoring and interaction enhancement. On the sidewalk, in bars, in the mall, airports, in every open public venue – these places just beg for a Glasshole to be accosted and deprived of their big brother’esque video gear.
“Digital Tattoo? The “digital tattoo” idea is really a flexible, durable electronic sticker with a mini power supply, microphone and wireless transceiver.”
What? Yeah, tattoos containing circuitry that supposedly is built to offer up local interaction capability or connectivity to your other devices. But tell me they don’t look like big brother ink in the form of an RFID tag that might be found, quite comfortably, in some new age concentration camp. Identifying tattoos? Do you think the Jewish community will ever adopt such a thing?
“A personal identifier pill? “Essentially your entire body becomes an authentication token,” Dugan concluded, before laughing off suggestions by AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg that Google – which owns Motorola – might insist on employees swallowing one of the pills every day.”
Great, now they can hide identifying chips in our food. Make them small enough and all your McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets will become cunning McMinions. We’re all up in arms about GMO food. Now we have to worry about DAF, digitally augmented food? Google? What the hell are you thinking?
“Constant environment scanning? A new Google project aims to give mobile devices the ability to understand their location in a room, offering the prospect of mapping interiors or measuring living spaces with just a phone.”
Great, now everyone’s phone can become a snooping device, with or without the owners awareness or permission. The movie “Eagle’s Eye”‘s premonitions are just around the corner. Constant surveillance by a swarm of digital agents all working on behalf of Google with their stated goal of constantly providing a better consumer experience. George Orwell, where are you now?
No doubt this is just the tip of the overseer iceberg; an NSA wet dream is probably being concocted right now in Google’s experimental labs as we speak. We are headed toward a world of constant scrutiny. Of constant inspection by those who, as they originally proclaimed in their motto of philanthropic goodness, stated, “don’t be evil.” Whether it’s intentional or not, evil is indeed oozing out from under the biggest information megalith on the planet.