Saturday, August 20, 2011

See this Amazing Picture

Here is a picture of thousands of people and you can keep clicking on the photo and get a clear image of the face of every single person captured in the picture. This is amazing! We may reach a point when it will no longer be possible to get lost in a crowd.

To see the photo, click here

With street security cameras everywhere and features like Google Map Street View where you can view and navigate within street-level imagery and so many public records on line and the ability to do a background check on a person for just a few dollars and cell phones that can reveal your location without you wanting it revealed and DNA that can reveal what illnesses you will probably get and cars with black boxes that tell how fast you were driving when you had an accident and your Kroger's card tracking your purchases and everyone sharing their life on facebook, anonymity and an expectation of privacy may be a thing of the past.

The same technology that can make life easier and make it much easier to catch the bad guys and protect us from terrorist can be used to exercise control and keep taps on dissidents and non-conformist. Technology may make it possible for Big Brother to be a reality. Things that just a few years ago were fiction are now a reality. A dictatorial government could control people the way the old Soviet Russia and Mao's China never could. I don't know what we can do about it, but it concerns me. While technology is a wonderful thing, it is more important than ever that limits be placed on government and safeguard be in place to protect us from government abuse. I hope a lot of smart people who value liberty are thinking about these things.

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