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December 13, 2006

Coming Soon: Your Own Personal Big Brother

I hope this isn't the singularity:

Computer hardware experts have claimed to be developing a device the size of a sugar cube, to record and store high resolution video footage of every second of a human life within two decades.

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Prof Nigel Shadbolt, president of the British Computer Society and professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Southampton, said: "In 20 years' time it will be possible to record high quality digital video of an entire lifetime of human memories. It's not a question of whether it will happen; it's already happening."

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"Imagine having a personal companion that whines at you three times a day, telling you that you are eating the wrong things and that you spent more than you earned today. The scary thing is it might be foisted on us," The Telegraph quoted Lynch as saying.

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Some of the feared that the advent of "human black boxes" combined with the extension of medical, financial and other digital records will lead to loss of privacy and a dramatic expansion of the nanny state.

No, really baby. I turned the human black box off. Look, it's off: see? The blinking green light means it's off.

Thanks to PetiteDov.


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