Donnerstag, 20. Dezember 2012
Triumph of body scanner technology. If it is technically possible to figure out automatically everything what people carry with them, there is a host of possibilities. For example, the protection of public litter bins from unwanted filling with private household waste, as shown here. (Making city centers more attractive - the intelligent litter bin looking through! "Door remains locked because you have trash with you! ... you are a crow!") If, in addition, there is a technical device mounted just on a particular litter bin that allows to determine automatically who passes by, this means an excellent possibility to assess ownership, whereabouts and movements, and fiscal status . The body scanner could be coupled to an RFID reader. RFID stands for "radio frequency identification", i.e. identification by radio frequency, and enables the caption of data that is stored on a tiny, battery-free circuit. This data stock can be considerably large. And the captioning can be done simply while passing or driving by. Such a circuit you do not have with you, you say? Maybe not, maybe not yet. All of what is housed in the brass-colored chips on the plastic cards that we carry around with us - who knows. It is striking in any case that the state administration imposes its citizens more and more of these chips, whether as "electronic identity card", or as "electronic health card". The data captioning process is more and more invisible and unperceivable, following technological development. It becomes harder and harder to take note of who in the world is taking note of a particular citizen's behavior regarding the kind of data he collects, when he collects, how he does it, for which purpose he does it and to whom he transfers the gained knowledge about this particular citizen. Technological capabilities develop, they provide new opportunities for government and industry, and these opportunities are taken use of. In simplifying product logistics (RFID technology was first used there), the citizen as a consumer takes cost and price advantages thereof. Of his own transformation into a walking data package he would, fully aware of, be less happy, even if government tries it all to make this stuff tasty to him with Newspeak as "lean management". The days of a garbage billing with an accurate list of discarded household waste up to the last potato peeling are not far away, judged according to the emerging technological possibilities. And the days of a totally changed legal concept of human rights, of data protection, of privacy, of dignity and freedom of information probably as well. (Caricature as of 2010).