Revolutionary greetings! In this issue, I will review the movie ‘The Circle’, which is based off a hit novel by the same name. The movie/novel is about a huge tech company which introduces total transparency of social media. In short, any kind of privacy is all but eliminated, and all have instant total access to individual lives.
This is concerning because we, as humans, expect a measure of privacy in our lives. It is expected to have privacy in our sex lives and also in our health, to name just a couple of areas. We all have our individual private lives. For others, even for some of those close to us, it is offensive when boundaries are breached. Privacy to one degree or another, is crucial to our individual well being.
The fact is, technology is evolving to a degree that we lose privacy. We have advancing Artificial Intelligence, or “AI” technology. Remember, Siri and Alexa are always listening, standing by to be of assistance. Gaming devices such as Playstation and Xbox are equipped with capabilities mirroring Siri and Alexa. Even cable television is accessible by voicing commands into a remote to access what you want to watch.
Fairly recent court decisions have made “evidence” captured on one of these devises permissible in any criminal or civil proceeding. We are losing privacy when we purchase these services. I know, for me, this makes me extremely uncomfortable. ‘The Circle’ is what I like to call “prophetic”, as the events depicted are actually happening. How many of us can honestly say we can live without modern and ever-evolving technology where everything we dream of is accessible at a voice command or click of a computer mouse? Even those of us who really truly desire to live “off the grid” meets significant challenges to do so in our modern world.
We are living in dangerous times, and it is only going to get worse. It’s time society “washes up” and faces reality.
Until next time,
Thomas Flick LJ9467
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733