Imagine that the US Government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional.
Yet we carry our cell phones everywhere. If the local police department required us to notify it whenever we made a new friend, the nation would rebel.
Yet we notify Facebook. If the country’s spies demanded copies of all our conversations and correspondence, people would refuse. Yet we provide copies to our email service providers, our cell phone companies, our social networking platforms and our Internet service providers.
– Bruce Schneier, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Have you heard about the study where people were asked to sit in a chair and think? They were told that they would have from six to fifteen minutes alone and that the only rules were that they had to stay seated, without a device or a book, and not fall asleep. In one experiment, many student subjects opted to give themselves mild electric shocks rather than sit alone with their thoughts.
– Sherry Turkle
ALL OF HUMANITY’S
PROBLEMS STEM FROM OUR
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