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Data, Privacy, George Orwell, and Our Generally Terrifying Future

I’m ready to kiss Instagram goodbye, are you? Here are 5 open source alternatives.

Check out what Instagram’s new terms of service mean for you.

Once you’re done laughing and wondering why anyone would agree to this here are 5 open source alternatives.

Honestly would you be comfortable letting Instagram sell pictures of your children on vacation for a hotel’s marketing materials without your consent?  As an artist are you still going to post pictures of any of your work?  The balls of these people.  I’m well aware we all gave up our rights to privacy a long time ago (when we signed up for Facebook, etc…) but this new action by Instagram seems to be waving the “I don’t give a shit about what my users think” flag right in all out faces.

This just blew my mind. Could this really be a plausible version of our future?

Personally I’m not sure I could adapt to an enhanced world 100% of the time.  Then again, if you asked someone in the 1990’s if they’d willingly allow themselves to be tracked, share personal information about themselves all the time, and carry a screen around with them like a lifeline they’d probably laugh in your face, and yet here we are.

The scariest part of this whole concept, integration of technology into our brains, is that we open up our minds and bodies to what was once only reserved for hard drives and processors…. hacking.  Check out these articles I found a while ago about how we’re well on our way: Super-soliders and Augmented Humans

Also, do I want everything I do to be a game?  This movie made it seem like everything from cooking to dating was some sort of challenge, some sort of additional motivator beyond basic human survival.  Then again I downloaded Zombies, Run! on my android this morning… wtf this is already starting.  It’s for exercise though so it’s okay right?  Well now that I think about it synced reality apps like Zombies, Run! are just the beginning of a slow acculturation and acceptance of a world we’re already well on the road to realizing.

Between reality synced games and military experimentation with soldier microchip implants we’ll be primed and willing to go along with whatever crazy enhanced world awaits us.


Guys, guys! Have you seen the future yet?

This is amazing, crazy, scary and probably not too far fetched, all at the same time.

Or at least it’ll be one of those movies about the future we’ll all laugh about while driving flying cars.

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 50 meters away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.

And without you knowing it.

It’s hard not to turn into a paranoid conspiracy theorist when you hear about these kinds of things every single day.

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So you’re freaking out because you think the government is spying on you?  Well, guess what, they are… and so is pretty much everyone else.

Go ahead try disconnecting for a couple days.  You will lose your shit sooner than later and come crawling back to mama.  Unless you’re this guy. Or, this person.

Anyway, you are being spied on main because people want to sell you stuff.  They want to sell you the right stuff just when you need it most.  Buried under that veil somewhere is also the fact that data will make your life more coherent without you even noticing.

Many large retailers are becoming so good at this stuff that they can predict if you’re pregnant with only a few subtle changes in your shopping behavior.  This is data science people and it’s here to stay: Trust me my friends, READ THE WHOLE NY TIMES JAM!!!  Here’s an excerpt:

"Almost every major retailer, from grocery chains to investment banks to the U.S. Postal Service, has a “predictive analytics” department devoted to understanding not just consumers’ shopping habits but also their personal habits, so as to more efficiently market to them. “But Target has always been one of the smartest at this,” says Eric Siegel, a consultant and the chairman of a conference called Predictive Analytics World. “We’re living through a golden age of behavioral research. It’s amazing how much we can figure out about how people think now.”"