7/01/2013

#BigData the New Stealth Weapon

We've been talking about the benefits of Big Data.

How to harness the insight from that deluge of data.

It has risen in popularity and become mainstream.

And during it's path to popularity, some people questioned it's potential use.

If information fell into the wrong hands, it could be used as a weapon.

As in knowing everything about everyone all the time.

Kind of defeats what's formerly known as "privacy".

There's nothing you do that can't be tracked in some electronic format.

As you go through the motions of life, you are creating a digital log file.

So not only are your actions tracked, so are your inactions.

If you usually go grocery shopping on Saturday mornings, that is tracked.

So if you skip a week, that is also tracked because there's no entry for Credit Card at the local supermarket around 9am on Saturday.  So where were you?  What were you doing?  With whom?  Who did you call?  What for?  Why?

Don't worry, they already know all that.

Another example of how technology is being used against the population are Red Light cameras.  A pure money maker for local gov'ts.  They don't really help us in any way, they are working 24 / 7 days per week.  It gives them a reason to film our daily commutes.  How exactly are these devices helping?

Just saying that Big Data can be used to battle cancer, help ease our lives to make the world a better place.

Or it can put us in cages, track our every move and create a fascist 1984 society.

Perhaps time will tell.

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