Our privacy: gone with the wind
That’s what I think about our privacy, we’ve been losing it over the past few years, and worst of all (in my opinion) is that most people don’t care at all.
And since I do care, sometimes I think that maybe I’m a little weird.
If we see what has happened to us in recent years, we are all on the “network” through our phones, tablets, etc … and we share almost everything of our lives through them.
All that “information” of our lives is data that a few collect, manipulate and sell to others to generate extraordinary businesses that bring them billions of dollars of profits. Those few companies are the richest in the world, and they know “everything” about us.
As Artificial Intelligence has also been developing in parallel, the handling of these huge amounts of data (Big Data) is manipulated by algorithms that generate the grouped information that is then sold to other interested parties.
Conclusion , to do these jobs you do not need too many people, what is needed are powerful computing capabilities (with AI) and people with high capacities to program and analyze the resulting data.
And within that data, there are the images of our life (photos and videos). Those that we publish with great joy on social networks, and those that are obtained through the huge number of cameras that we have around us.
The facility we have to generate photos and videos of something that interests us is very positive, but we must be aware that if we publish it, that information is out of our hands forever and ever.
In democratic societies, in theory people’s privacy is protected, but the reality I think is quite different. And the worst thing is that technology develops faster than the speed of legislating of our politicians, with which in many occasions we are in the hands of the good will of companies about what they do with our images.
If our friend George Orwell raised from his grave he would be surprised to see that we are more in control than he ever thought, and that control is done by machines, not a multitude of “controllers” as he had imagined.
Dear friends, a large part of our privacy has gone with the wind.