A warning for mankind: Beware the new Big Brother

From Daily Maverick – I think its too late they have us in hand already – we’re hooked lined and sunk and most of us love it for now anyway!

We’re already living a future where our desire to use technology to share and interact freely with others has been perverted, according to a privacy expert. Increasingly, the devices and software we use listen to and watch us, potentially for nefarious purposes. The worst of it is that we allow it. This is the future Eben Moglen, Columbia University law professor and Software Freedom Law Centre chairman, foresees. By OSIAME MOLEFE.

It’s 2112 or so. A near-perfect copy of every human being exists and has been cached and copied to servers all around the world. The copy is perfect in every way, mirroring not only people’s thoughts and actions, but behaviour too. Like the real-life versions, this copy is alive and refreshes with every minuscule update to the real-life self.

It has, for example, a binary-coded heartbeat thanks to an app on one of the many devices that have proliferated and become a necessary part of human existence. That app monitors the heartbeat and sends each cardiac cycle into the worldwide web because people have invited it to. The culture of sharing has reached maturity.

Billions of people – the entire planet, in fact – live like this because technology has allowed mankind to make the leap from the digital to the digitised age, where information flows between people in ways never before possible.

This is the future Eben Moglen, Columbia University law professor and Software Freedom Law Centre chairman, foresees.

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