Engineering 1984

While catching up with the nettime mailing list, I came across two articles that give me the creeps. Microsoft filed patents for a ‘consumer detector’, to let your Xbox or TV decoder detect who is watching, and if the audience is not deemed suitable, to stop playback. Apple received a patent that lets the police […]

A Phone that Knows Where You’re Going

A Phone that Knows Where You’re Going: The potential of Big Data and why it is scary to have companies and governments collecting it…

In a study on 200 people willing to be tracked, the system was, on average, less than 20 meters off when it predict…