Sur- and sousveillance
Surveillance is yesterday's news. Sousveillance is the new black: the way we take pictures, film each other and upload information on social media. No totalitarian ruler of the past could have imagined it would be so easy to get everybody to share their most intimate whereabouts. Who needs a nosy government, when friends and familiy - and we ourselves - reveal everything about us?
All it takes to get the full benefit of all the information is a big enough database, som algorithms that can find the patterns and some face recognizing software who can figure out by itself who we're with on the pictues. As you can see from the video here, Facebook already has it all.
Robots and intelligent machines
The smarter the machines, the higher the barrier to enter the workforce. Google is ready to market the self-driving car which is safer than human drivers and which even knows how to find its way around.
Futurists predict that in 40 years humans will no longer be allowed to drive, simply because we are lousy drivers compared to this invention.
Also check out the robot dog below and the video about Google's latest acquisitions. If you ever suffered from paranoia, don't start thinking about what it will be like when the company that knows about everything you have looked up on the internet for the past 10 years also are the owners and producers of the leatest military equipment and the most advanced robots - plus all the unmanned cars that know where you live...
But don't you worry, Google's motto is still "Don't be evil" they just removed it from the search site.
Reality has occupied philosophers since Plato. Broadly speaking, philosophy has dealt with two kinds of reality: the world "out there" and the inner world which is personal. One could also call it the objective and the subjective realities.
Besides these we may define our narratives and culture as a third reality, it is the shared pool of language and concepts we use to bridge the outer / objective world and the inner / subjective world. Among these narratives are the scientific worldview, religion, political ideologies, the combination thereof, and culture in general.
Now comes a fourth and entirely different reality: augmentet reality. Information technology and electronics can add information and content to the objective reality, and the opportunities for education, entertainment, translation, gamification, marketing, and much more are infinite...
Security and abuse
Since Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal, the general public and most politicians have finally become aware that the way we deal with information technology is not optimal at all.
So what should we do?
One suggestion: watch the video with Charlie Stross and then contact your local politicians and tell them about it.