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Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future — Medium
'Living under permanent surveillance and what that means for our freedom'

"Put a collar with a GPS chip around your dog’s neck and from that moment onwards you will be able to follow your dog on an online map and get a notification on your phone whenever your dog is outside a certain area. You want to take good care of your dog, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the collar also functions as a fitness tracker. Now you can set your dog goals and check out graphs with trend lines. It is as Bruce Sterling says: “You are Fluffy’s Zuckerberg”.

What we are doing to our pets, we are also doing to our children.

The ‘Amber Alert’, for example, is incredibly similar to the Pet Tracker. Its users are very happy: “It’s comforting to look at the app and know everyone is where they are supposed to be!” and “The ability to pull out my phone and instantly monitor my son’s location, takes child safety to a whole new level.” In case you were wondering, it is ‘School Ready’ with a silent mode for educational settings.

Then there is ‘The Canary Project’ which focuses on American teens with a driver’s license. If your child is calling somebody, texting or tweeting behind the wheel, you will be instantly notified. You will also get a notification if your child is speeding or is outside the agreed-on territory.

If your child is ignoring your calls and doesn’t reply to your texts, you can use the ‘Ignore no more’ app. It will lock your child’s phone until they call you back. This clearly shows that most surveillance is about control. Control is the reason why we take pleasure in surveilling ourselves more and more.

I won’t go into the ‘Quantified Self’ movement and our tendency to put an endless amount of sensors on our body attempting to get “self knowlegde through numbers”. As we have already taken the next step towards control: algorithmic punishment if we don’t stick to our promises or reach our own goals."

"Normally his self-measured productivity would average around 40%, but with Kara next to him, his productiviy shot upward to 98%. So what do you do with that lesson? You create a wristband that shocks you whenever you fail to keep to your own plan. The wristband integrates well, of course, with other apps in your “productivity ecosystem”."

"On Kickstarter the makers of the ‘Blink’ camera tried to crowdfund 200.000 dollars for their invention. They received over one millions dollars instead. The camera is completely wireless, has a battery that lasts a year and streams HD video straight to your phone."

"I would love to speak about the problems of gentrification in San Francisco, or about a culture where nobody thinks you are crazy when you utter the sentence “Don’t touch me, I’ll fucking sue you” or about the fact this Google Glass user apparently wasn’t ashamed enough about this interaction to not post this video online. But I am going to talk about two other things: the first-person perspective and the illusionary symmetry of the Google Glass.

First the perspective from which this video was filmed. When I saw the video for the first time I was completely fascinated by her own hand which can be seen a few times and at some point flips the bird."

"The American Civil Liberties Union (also known as the ACLU) released a report late last year listing the advantages and disadvantages of bodycams. The privacy concerns of the people who will be filmed voluntarily or involuntarily and of the police officers themselves (remember Ai Weiwei’s guards who were continually watched) are weighed against the impact bodycams might have in combatting arbitrary police violence."

"A short while ago I noticed that you didn’t have to type in book texts anymore when filling in a reCAPTCHA. Nowadays you type in house numbers helping Google, without them asking you, to further digitize the physical world."

"This is the implicit view on humanity that the the big tech monopolies have: an extremely cheap source of labour which can be brought to a high level of productivity through the smart use of machines. To really understand how this works we need to take a short detour to the gambling machines in Las Vegas."

"Taleb has written one of the most important books of this century. It is called ‘Anti-fragile: Things That Gain from Disorder’ and it explores how you should act in a world that is becoming increasingly volatile. According to him, we have allowed efficiency thinking to optimize our world to such an extent that we have lost the flexibility and slack that is necessary for dealing with failure. This is why we can no longer handle any form of risk.

Paradoxically this leads to more repression and a less safe environment. Taleb illustrates this with an analogy about a child which is raised by its parents in a completely sterile environment having a perfect life without any hard times. That child will likely grow up with many allergies and will not be able to navigate the real world.

We need failure to be able to learn, we need inefficiency to be able to recover from mistakes, we have to take risks to make progress and so it is imperative to find a way to celebrate imperfection.

We can only keep some form of true freedom if we manage to do that. If we don’t, we will become cogs in the machines. I want to finish with a quote from Ai Weiwei:
“Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart, and no one can take it away. Then, as an individual, you can be more powerful than a whole country.”
aiweiwei  surveillance  privacy  china  hansdezwart  2014  google  maps  mapping  freedom  quantification  tracking  technology  disney  disneyland  bigdog  police  lawenforcement  magicbands  pets  monitoring  pettracker  parenting  teens  youth  mobile  phones  cellphones  amberalert  canaryproject  autonomy  ignorenomore  craiglist  productivity  pavlok  pavlov  garyshteyngart  grindr  inder  bangwithfriends  daveeggers  transparency  thecircle  literature  books  dystopia  lifelogging  blink  narrative  flone  drones  quadcopters  cameras  kevinkelly  davidbrin  googleglass  sarahslocum  aclu  ferguson  michaelbrown  bodycams  cctv  captcha  recaptcha  labor  sousveillance  robots  humans  capitalism  natashadowschüll  design  facebook  amazon  addiction  nassimtaleb  repression  safety  society  howwelearn  learning  imperfection  humanism  disorder  control  power  efficiency  inefficiency  gambling  lasvegas  doom  quantifiedself  measurement  canon  children 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Autographer is not a very good camera (yet), privacy and why we play with gadgets. |
"People say we’re sleep walking into a surveillance state, but only if we let it happen and only if the surveillance isn’t owned by us.

There will become a point where an argument will be made that people can only take photos of police doing their job if they are a licensed photo journalist. Then there’ll be special photo journalist areas at demonstrations and protests where approved photographers can take photos without risk.

And special times and measure, when in the interests of safety those licenses can be revoked as using “realtime streaming of media” gets classified as helping the “enemy”.

Which is why I’m nervous around the narrative being written about Google Glass and wearable tech. There’s an opportunity for the number of cameras in public being used and owned by the public to outnumber the amount of CCTV cameras installed by the private sector, and authority has never liked a situation where we can watch them more than they can watch us.

It seems a bit stupid and/or sensationalist to maybe say the Autographer is where the battle lines are starting to be drawn in wearable camera tech, but as first to market its certainly something to keep an eye on.

And better to keep an actual eye on it, because honestly the photos will probably be too blurred."
revdancatt  privacy  photography  future  cctv  surveillance  sousveillance  2013  lifelogging  autographer  cameras  memoto 
august 2013 by robertogreco
Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic |
"The material is black in color and cannot be seen through with the naked eye. However, if you point a black and white camera at a sheet of Black-Ops Plastic, it becomes transparent allowing the camera to record whatever is on the other side."
politics  security  surveillance  cctv  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco the making of: When People Die, They Sing Songs: Chris Marker's "Stopover In Dubai"
"It was only after watching Stopover in awe, figuring out what it was, and then tracking down and watching the original version, that I realized Marker had appropriated GNTV/Dubai State Media's footage exactly as they aired it, edits, captions, graphics and all. And yet he had completely remade the film… [by replacing the soundtrack with an] ominous string composition written by Henryk Górecki for the Kronos Quartet.

Where I'd once questioned my interpretation and response to the film, wondering who was actually responsible for the elements of its success-its narrative, structure, pacing, and suspense--I now marveled at Marker's ability to recognize how these two things existing in the world--the edited footage and the Kronos recording--resonated so powerfully with each other, and with himself and his artistic sensibilities. Marker didn't need to do any more than make this impossible connection; it was the slightest gesture necessary, and yet the result is no less remarkable."
pairing  patternrecognition  kronosquartet  uae  dubai  cctv  gorgomancy  surveillance  soundtracks  stopoverindubai  2010  2012  combinatorialcreativity  combinations  film  chrismarker 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Last night on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"we've always, historically lived with the idea of the omniscient observer. Post the death of god, we've had to construct a technological society to make real this belief: mass surveillance and sharing. Privacy is a blip."
privacy  history  religion  surveillance  society  panopticon  cctv  technology  mattwebb  belief  omniscience  observation  psychology 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Life: a user's manual
"'Life: a user's manual' is a series of public performances and online mappings that examine the hidden stories captured by private wireless CCTV streams and how they intersect with the visible world around us."
art  cameras  sousveillance  surveillance  cctv  cities  culture  mapping  performance  privacy  security  identity  wireless  via:grahamje 
march 2008 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: All eyes on the city
"While these cameras and other forms of remote sensing are being installed to keep Olympic athletes and their screaming fans safe during the coming summer's Games, the worry is that the surveillance will simply stay put"
cities  control  crime  film  power  surveillance  urbanism  cctv  china  media  place  space 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Cellphones team up to become smart CCTV swarm - tech - 31 October 2007 - New Scientist Tech
"employs Bluetooth to automatically share information and let the phones collectively analyse events that they record. This provides a platform for a group of phones to act as smart network capable of, for example, spotting intruders or identifying wildli
cctv  bluetooth  surveillance  mobile  phones  pervasive  urban 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Snitchtown -
"universal surveillance is seen as the universal solution to all urban ills. But the truth is that ubiquitous cameras only serve to violate the social contract that makes cities work."
surveillance  sou  sousveillance  security  rfid  privacy  politics  panopticon  urbanism  urban  future  design  cities  cctv  corydoctorow  london  us  history  public  citizenship  space  uk 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Boing Boing: London metro police poster
"This is an actual British Government poster outside a London Metro. Looks like they ripped it straight from the set of 'Brazil.'"
surveillance  cctv  london  metro  transportation  government  uk  police  graphics  design  scifi 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Click opera - Something great is happening at the Tate
"So, at a time when shops are being forced to taint and tint their transparency -- the big openness of their glass windows and doors -- and turn selective, opaque and private, it's very important that spaces like museums should trust people, open up, and
museums  music  public  space  art  surveillance  cctv  culture  society  remkoolhaas  cities  london  uk  architecture 
january 2007 by robertogreco

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