Wearable Tech: The Surveillance Grid Of The Future

Old-Thinker News | March 31, 2014

By Daniel Taylor

Smartphones are fading. Wearables are next” – CNN Money

Edward Snowden’s now infamous NSA leaks have sparked intense debate across the world. The leaks confirmed what many already knew; The NSA is listening to our phone calls, monitoring social networks and more.

This is only the beginning of an Orwellian, Minority Report future.

In the near future, consumers will be adorning themselves with wearable technology that will weave an incredibly detailed picture of their lives. A cloud of information will float around you with details on sleep habits, what you ate for breakfast, who you are meeting for dinner, your heart rate, and much more. Insurance companies will likely harvest this data to adjust your rates. Governments will undoubtedly hack into this cloud of personal data to track down dissidents. Marketers will have access to a goldmine of personalized information that will be used to market products.

These wearables are sold to the public as a means of making life easier, which they undoubtedly will. With that convenience there will be a price to pay in privacy.

Google Glass is the most widely recognized form of wearable technology. In anticipation of an expanding wearable tech market, Google recently announced a new version of the Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

Smart watches, smart clothing, and even smart tattoos are all in the works. As CNN recently claimed, “Smartphones are fading. Wearables are next.”

Chris Dancy has been labeled the “most connected human on earth“. He uses a variety of devices to track what he eats, when he sleeps, as well as the environment around him. As the Daily Mail reports, Dancy has built his own personalized surveillance grid in his home that, “…is also hooked up with numerous sensors for products such as the smartphone-controlled Hue lighting system and a Beddit mattress cover, which collects data on his sleep. The dedicated technophile also tracks the progress of his two dogs by collecting data on their daily activities via pet GPS system, Tagg.”

While Dancy is on the fringe at the moment, this kind of personal data collection through wearable technology could become common place for the average individual in the near future. But will the people accept it? IBM recently announced that we need to embrace the fact that “everything will be monitored” in an era of pervasive biometric surveillance. According to Peter Waggett, the Program Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group, “The information is out of the bottle already”.

Cell phones have become a primary method of surveilling the populace in the technological era. With the advent of numerous other smart devices that will communicate within the “Internet of Things“, a whole new world of multidimensional surveillance is upon us. “Smart cities” under development in South Korea and elsewhere will integrate these wearable devices into the environment with embedded sensors.

The potential for not only individuals but also governments to hack these wearable devices is very real. Medical devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers have already been hacked. New vehicles are vulnerable to hacking as well.

Will tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft build back-doors into wearable technology for the NSA like they have with iPhones and operating systems?

This future doesn’t have to be inevitable. The people have the power to choose. Cultural norms will shape the flow of technology and how it is used. Convenience or freedom? It’s up to you.


5 Comments on "Wearable Tech: The Surveillance Grid Of The Future"

  1. In the future what will it be used so much and so varied, that we can point to and can achieve unexpected and is the creative talents and development suitability development.

  2. Google “chipless tattoo” on and see what you come up with if you doubt anything that I posted. Its not a game. Its not scifi. Its real! Denying it is what it is does not change the facts! The prophet John foretold of this. He also foretold of the creation of the “hive mind” and the “Global Brain”, i.e., a “beast rising out of the sea” and “another beast rising out of the earth”!

  3. “This future doesn’t have to be inevitable. The people have the power to choose. Cultural norms will shape the flow of technology and how it is used. Convenience or freedom? It’s up to you.”

    Have to disagree with all but one of these sentences in this statement. The “future” is inevitable! In fact, the prophets of GOD foresaw the future, and what would happen, which is happening right now! The prophet John, one of many, wrote in a Revelation in the true version of scripture what was to happen in the “time of the end”. If one reads chapter 13 in the Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, and if one has the GOD given gift of the Holy Spirit to be able to understand it, what is happening today is exactly what John wrote about, specifically regarding forcing “all” to be “marked on the right hand or forehead” so that without this “mark” no one will be able to “buy or sell”. The carnally inspired manmade technologies to do this are already being discussed for use in the very near future! Is it that hard to understand how this will be mandated, just as having auto and health insurance is now mandated? I do agree that “we have the power to choose” but, with that choice will come some severe consequences. Friends and family will NOT understand one’s choosing NOT to take the “mark”. Governing authorities and businesses will NOT understand a person’s choosing NOT to take the “mark” either. The “system” is being “setup” so that NOT taking this “mark”, in whatever form it may come in, will make the person who chooses not to have one put “on” them an instant criminal. Buying and selling is really paying for goods and services. It’ll be impossible to pay for these things because it’ll be impossible to conduct transactions, i.e., “buying and selling”, without the “mark”, just as the John foresaw!

  4. New innovations in biosensors are rapidly being developed. Advanced miniaturized wireless and chipless biosensors are being developed that will be mounted “on” a persons “forehead”, or “on” the “right hand”. These biosensors will act as a “Turnkey” to ID user’s “bio-metrically” using the bio-electric “signals” generated by the heart and brain.

  5. You’ll have to excuse me if “choose” not to allow any “device” to be placed “on” me. Can any of you see where this is headed? It’ll be impossible to do anything “online” in the near future because “all” will be required to have a electronic “mark”. Without it you will not be able to “buy or sell” in the “electronic marketplace”.

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