This is not science fiction. This technology exists in separate devices now. I know that, you know that, but show this to someone outside of social networking and other such geekery and it would blow their socks off.
I remember earlier this year whilst touring with the GetAmbition team Bill Thompson talked about Augmented Reality enabled contact lenses. Miniature low powered lasers projecting information on the back of the retina. That may well be a future that’s closer than we think.
In the original post Mathew Buckland states this technology assumes “amazing resolutions, facial and object recognition, and more accurate GPS” I think this is all possible now. A smart engineer would also work with cross referencing RFID and realtime gps data logged live by our current social networking apps. Mood/expression recognition is in use now. It’s just a matter of these different components and features finding their way into the same device.
We have a serious responsibility as the formulators and curators of this technology to do the right thing. Whilst blowing my mind daily it also scares the shit out of me. The moral and ethical implications are massive. Opting out may not be an option at all. In fact a peer pressure focused on data sharing may mean we are even more suspicious of those not participating in revealing all.
There are many more conversations to be had before we even begin to understand the implications of this new way of interfacing technologies we have all began to adopt. I see the usefulness as much as I see the dangers. But only when I pause for a moment to take a step back and look at what we are creating.
“If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.” ~ Cardinal Richelieus