Pop Culture Futurist- He Who Owns the Tech Owns Your Data


There’s a lot of talk out there now about drones. A lot of the talk deals with the not-so-paranoid idea that fire and death will rain from the sky either because you did something bad, someone doesn’t like you, someone hacked the drone, or the drone became sentient and decided you were a target. The rest of the talk deals with privacy. Is it okay for drones to be flying over my home, my woods, my car and looking in on what I’m doing through line of sight, infrared, or thermal imaging?

What most people don’t realize is that drones are everywhere. It’s not just Big Brother. It’s little brother too, and little brother is the local police department, the department of natural resources, the local utility company, private companies, and anyone else with the money to buy or rent a drone.

I’d like to take it a step further and insert the word ‘tech’ for drone. Worse than the drone is the ubiquitous tech that’s going to know what you’re doing and report it back to a massive server farm that analyzes all the info it sees, hears, and transmits on your behalf.

Go back in time to when OnStar first debuted in automobiles. A convenience? An enhanced safety feature? Yeah. But how long did it take for law enforcement to start serving warrants to get your current whereabouts and even a log of all the places you’ve been in that car. Now you have a GPS in virtually every phone out there. How long before…nah. They already have access to that too if they want it.

Peek into the very near future with me for a minute in a few images from The Invincible Iron Man issue 1 from 2010…

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Do you see what happened there? A terrorist bombing happens near a Stark Tech cell phone. Pepper Potts is able to go into the cloud and retrieve an image from a cell phone licensed to a little girl in Africa and secure the image. No warrant. No permission. No nothing, except for the fact that Stark Tech owns the tech.

The future application isn’t so far away. How long do you think it will be before technology companies start burying little items in the fine print that we never read that gives them the right to use and own any workproduct or activity associated with the tech? How long do you think it will be before we merely lease the tech from cell phones to computers and never really own it, thereby giving them even more rights to it? Think about it. Do you have any idea what’s buried in that digital document that you clicked the “I accept” button for?

Aren’t social media websites already trying to do this by claiming ownership and right-of-use of our images and posts?

There’s really no way to avoid what’s coming with technology and the massive corporations (Massive Dynamic, anyone?) that run it. What you need to do is anticipate what’s coming and how to deal with it in your life.

That’s what I do.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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