Thoughts on retro futurism
Predictions of the future from the past always leave me thinking that we are so utterly wrong in so many ways.
"Data storage costs are so negligible that in late 2010 the U.S. Library of Congress entered into an agreement with Twitter to archive every public tweet ever sent over the social networking website.
'Plummeting digital storage costs will soon make it possible for authoritarian regimes to not only monitor known dissidents, but to also store the complete set of digital data associated with everyone within their borders,' Mr. Villasenor says.
'Captured information will create what amounts to a surveillance time machine, enabling state security services to retroactively eavesdrop on people in the months and years before they were designated as surveillance targets. This will fundamentally change the dynamics of dissent, insurgency and revolution.' “
younger generation […] in the way that space and time are conceived […] simultaneity, not order, is of essence. They do not see the
world in terms of events laid out on a map, but in terms of the time of the media events, and their own location when they found out about them
21st century: that we—individual users—now control the means of production, distribution, and access to information, communities, and online worlds. While the capitalist grids and surveillance systems sustaining the digital remain, if anything, stronger than ever, the egalitarian and even revolutionary promise is compelling.
Anti Facial Recognition Visor
Interesting approach to avoid identification from cameras by lighting key areas of the face (video embedded below, via the great DigInfo):
This is the world’s first pair of glasses which prevent facial recognition by cameras. They are currently under development by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.
Photos taken without people’s knowledge can violate privacy. For example, photos may be posted online, along with metadata including the time and location. But by wearing this device, you can stop your privacy from being infringed in such ways.
“You can try wearing sunglasses. But sunglasses alone can’t prevent face detection. Because face detection uses features like the eyes and nose, it’s hard to prevent just by concealing your eyes. This is the privacy visor I have developed, which uses 11 near-infrared LEDs. I’m switching it on now. It prevents face detection, like this.”
“Light from these near-infrared LEDs can’t be seen by the human eye, but when it passes through a camera’s imaging device, it appears bright. The LEDs are installed in these locations because, a feature of face detection is, the eyes and part of the nose appear dark, while another part of the nose appears bright. So, by placing light sources mostly near dark parts of the face, we’ve succeeded in canceling face detection characteristics, making face detection fail.”
Compared with previous ways of physically hiding the face, this technology can protect privacy without obstructing communication, as all users need to do is wear a pair of glasses.
Mr. Legois said the archivists are standing up for the little guy. He quoted from Walter Benjamin, a German philosopher who killed himself in Spain in 1940 as he was fleeing the Gestapo.
“It is more arduous to honor the history of the nameless than that of the renowned,” the philosopher wrote. “Historical reconstruction is devoted to the memory of the nameless.”
Exklusivfoto vom Schreibtisch der Kanzlerin!
so my chancellor just called the internet unknown territory.
"the thing about social media is…. there is no phone number! you can’t call anyone."
Cathy Marshall @ Library of Congress