Monday, April 28, 2008

Perils of automated technologies

To what ends do we give up our autonomy such that we lose ourselves and become nothing more than an entry in database hosted in some datacenter? Have our lives dwindled down to a mere tape backup only to be reused every 30 days at an off-site? Our families, our friends, our daily activities. All captured through the various calendar and scheduling applications, round the clock, 24/7, 365 days year round.

People we have met along the way. Those that we have hurt, left behind, betrayed, or simply lost track. In an instant, all come back through a simple API that allows anyone to mine through your contacts and extract anyone and everyone's email address.

In a blink of an eye, that one-night-stand that you horribly wanted to forget now receives an email on behalf of a third party "cordially invites" them to reconnect. Or the one that you had a horrible falling out with issues left opened, now receives an email asking them that you somehow want to reconnect because they have been searching for you? Who in the world would want to reconnect with someone whom you consider to be on the lowest rung of the evolutionary food chain?

One user name, one password. In a single moment bring back feelings of a lost love.

Betrayal - yeah. I really want that doggie in the window...

Sent from two cups and a string.


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