Boo! – a Canvy Team Halloween post

OK, so it’s time to dive into a few scary technologies, existing or emerging, and let the cold 1984-ish shivers run down the spines of our readers.

Ubiquitous tracking

Yeah, you may well look above your shoulder, with that creepy feeling that someone is spying on you. With the emerging tracking technology of today, you’re bound to become a VIP: location tracking meets surveillance cam, giving an entire extra dimension to the “keeping up appearances” saying. Of course, there is more than “meets the eye” – the presence & behavior are also analyzed, not just captured. Having a bad day? Better not kick any street bin around, spit on the pavement or drown your misery in shopping or in a bar – these have all the chances of becoming part of your pattern or portrait, in terms of tech tracking and identification.

No privacy for you!

This kind of derives from the first one, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. That is, it covers an entirely new area. With the smart houses of the (not so distant) future, data on your sleeping, eating and other habits will be fed to, well, practically, to you-don’t-know-what, since nothing is hacker-proof. You may be agreeing to this process out of handiness, as in, “I’ll let my fridge tell me when it’s time to order milk’, and end up in some dark internet scheme. It’s one of the risks… Ah, and in case you don’t know it yet, there are online services offering to spy on your SO by means of hacking into the smartphone and other tech networks that might provide insights on what a person is doing, with whom and where.

No opt-out from the things above

Read yesterday how an airport technology provides faster access for those who agree to have their face and retina scanned. Since this tech is in its early stages, it’s opt-in, but when the alternative presumes waiting in line until you get bored, there isn’t much mystery on what the average person will choose, right? And how about mandatory enrollment for every citizen of a state in a biometric database? It’s already happening, and it may soon be “coming to a location near you”. Stop fixing your hair and start worrying whether the AI will identify any menacing traits in the way your forehead is configured… oops, excuse the exaggeration, but this is a Halloween-y post, so just bear with us.

Feeling a bit spooked out?

You’d better drop the anxiety, because it’s bad for your health. And the future projections include robot doctors. You might not be (yet) prepared to relinquish your fate to some sort of cyber hands. What if the power is cut off? What if the machine goes berserk and starts preparing the planet for the rise of the machines – with you?!

Having medicine delivered inside your body by tiny nanobots isn’t far from scaring the daylights out of you. What are these tiny things doing, besides getting the treatment to the targeted cells? What happens when they are done, is any of them staying behind and starting to consider your body as a host? How about programmed nanobots that activate when the patient triggers them via certain behaviors & parameters, like nervousness or sweating. Sssh – just be nice and maybe they will leave you alone!

…Perhaps the future generations will save us!

Oh, well, who knows what a genetically engineered kid will think of these matters, and of us altoghether. When removing the weak or “bad” traits in the process, the CRISPR scientists might as well increasingly remove humanity. It takes quite a process to understand and accept human failures, and empathy is not found at every corner. Even less on every genetically-engineered corner. Will these alleged superhuman be able to accept their predecessors as such, or will become son kind of inferior species?

Shall we go on?

We thought of saving other tech spooks for the next Halloween. Enough is enough, right? Or you might go on with your own research on AI, driverless cars, brain scanning, cyber implants, and other potential wonders with a dangerous edge.