“For some people, the benefits of big data will not be worth the risks–which could include increased workplace, police, and consumer discrimination.
Taylor Rodriguez prepares for a flight. After she plugs in her schedule to the cloud, the rest is automated: Watched over by a “smart” streetlight, she leaves a bag to be picked up outside her door, takes a self-driving car to the airport, strolls through the gate, and sits in the seat designated by the display inside her contact lenses. It’s simple, breezy, and all the while she’s being monitored by the devices around her for signs of disturbances–in her walk, her emotional tenor, her face.
The White House came up with that scene, or rather the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology did. Last week, the council released a report analyzing future “big data” scenarios we all may face, alongside a 90-day review of the big data practices led by White House advisor John Podesta.”
Now do we think that George Orwell had it wrong. The only thing he had wrong is the timing.
The use of big data is something that will need to be managed NOW, if Australia goes down the path of the US government then security at the loss of privacy will be endemic.
Just because it is convenient does not make it something that we embrace