Is the Internet becoming the perfect spy? Has the goal of ancient claims reached the digital landscape? And do you know who is watching you from the cloud?
With the transition of more and more information, heading into cloud structures, the face of the Internet is changing at a rapid pace. Every day we are moving towards a new fronteer that some have termed the Internet of Things. As more otherwise ordinary devices connect across the web, there will inevitably be an increase in the ability of our things to report what is going on across the global network. This is in some sense an amazingly useful tool. Imagine your home being able to go online, upload data from sensores all over itself, and immediately getting a diagnoses of black mold formations in the basement. Or maybe this communication across the web can help your home figure out that its foundation is starting to crack. Catching the problem early like that could potentially save you thousands on one of your most expensive assets. Initially, this seems like a wonderful idea–especially when you consider that a problem like Black mold is a dangerous health hazzard to have in your home. And catching it early is a great advantage for ensuring your health. But, what happens when these same sensors, connected through all your digital devices, start to upload everything you are doing to some unknown location online? Is the Internet poised to become the biggest tattle tale of all time, placing intimate details about your life before the nosy business men who can not wait to get their hands on everything they can about you and your habits?
The All Seeing Eye
Since the days of ancient Egypt, the image of the All Seeing Eye has been used to imply that the god Amen-Ra was looking down from the clouds of heaven to observe all that mere mortals engaged in doing. Today, the same image appears on the backside of the dollar bill, causing many to wonder if it is possible for governments to peer deeply and pervasively into the lives of their citizens. With hundreds of millions of devices now harboring sensors that are actively
transmitting data into the digital clouds on a regular basis, it is easy to see how the ancient myths of old have become the modern digital infrastructure of our day. A situation where the watchful eye of Ra is replaced with tangible men, those who control the digital clouds, ever able to scour the incoming data to extrapolate the trends of consumers and turn another profit from the insights they gleam.
How Pervasive Could The Internet Of Things Become
With the new Apple watch already designed to give people a more intimate connection with others, companies like Apple can through a single device observe numerous aspects of your life. From intimate taps you can send and receive from friends to the ap that monitors your heart rate and your amount of daily exercise, such a device is only the tip of the ice burg. What will life be like when your pillow is reporting on your sleeping habits, your shoes are studying the movements of your feet, and your refrigerator is telling your local grocery store which items to stock in anticipation of your dwindling food supply? For some people, this sort of scenario, fortified with questions of how much of this information is being filtered through the NSA, is nothing short of Orwell’s 1984 becoming a reality. For others, it is the digital utopian dream they have long awaited. But, whether or not humanity is ready for their things to dish on them across the net, it is hard to avoid that this is a reality that is already here, creeping ever deeper into our daily lives.