Response to Radical Technologies – The Internet of Things
I had many emotions while reading Radical Technologies - The Internet of Things chapter. The chapter deals with the complexities of the scale of the Internet of Things. Beginning at the personal level, then home, and city. Each level has pros and cons, most issues I had not taken a moment to think about and even immediately changed my thinking and actions. I also emailed OpenTable to deactivate my account after reading that they take a dollar for each dining patron. That would be money that would go directly to the restuaurant when it's just as easy to call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.
I have not bought into the biometric sensors. Of course, it comes with an iPhone which I've had since the iPhone 3GS version. There is simple biometrics offered there, but I rarely track them, and as far as I know, they live on my phone and are not uploaded to a server somewhere. However, after reading this chapter, I am probably incorrect in my thinking.
When it comes to the Internet of Things of the home, I have none. I'm not too fond of the thought of an entity listening to my every conversation in my house. I have dog/housesitting gigs where they have these devices, and I always ask if I can turn them off while I am there. When speaking about the Amazon Dash Button, the author says, "you get your detergent on time, yes, but Amazon gets so much more." This statement refers to all the data sold to others about the purchase. I'm surprised that so many people are okay with this at the cost of this convenience and privacy.
I find the Internet of Things in urban areas fascinating. I feel this is far less nefarious when compared to home or personal biometrics. At this level, the general public has less say as to what is tracked. The author mentions that "some party has arrived at a reasoned judgment that the cost of deployment is likely to be outweighed by the potential future value of the data collected, even if it's not yet clear what that value is." In essence, that "party" is collecting data for the sake of collecting data.
The Internet of Things can be powerful and has the potential to be helpful if used wisely. I certainly agree with the author that we must approach "smart cities" with great caution.
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