Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy
Thomas P. Keenan
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Take, for example, “Girls Around Me”: a Russian-made iPhone App that allowed anyone to scan the immediate vicinity for girls and women who checked in on Foursquare and had poorly secured Facebook profiles. It combined this information in a way never intended by the original poster. Going to a Disney theme park? Your creepy new “MagicBand” will alert Minnie Mouse that you’re on the way and she’ll know your kid’s name when you approach her. Thinking about sending your DNA off to Ancestry.com for some “genetic genealogy”? Perhaps you should think again: your genetic information could be used against you.
"This masterful weaving of the negatives and positives of technology makes for a book that is realistic about technology’s perils yet optimistic about it’s great potential.”—Foreword Reviews
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Insurance Required” choice and specifically select it you were continuously taken back to “Please select country of residence.” Writing on DarkPatterns.org, Harry Brignull observed that “What’s interesting about this pattern is that it gives the site owner plausible deniability: they can claim that when you read the words on the page, it’s entirely clear what’s being said, so what’s the problem?”267 You can judge this one for yourself at http://darkpatterns.org/ library/trick_questions/. Even
odors may have something to do with that. A network of tunnels allows park employees, known as “Cast Members,” to scurry around and appear at just the right time and place. As explained in a delightful posting by Gabriel Oliver, “if you’ve ever been to a Disney park, one thing will stand out: It’s clean. Thousands and thousands of people are all around you, most of them kids, and there is zero trash on the ground. No sticky gum residue, no used condoms or old panties to be seen anywhere.
n accommodations don’t seem that weird. But then we move into new territory, like animal selfies. Cats now have their own photo sharing app, Snapcat. It was reportedly cobbled together in twenty-four hours at a Berlin hackathon, and allows cats to take a self-portrait by swiping their paw across a smartphone. Clearly some people take their pets as seriously as they do children. The real creepiness here is that we have distanced ourselves so much from our pets, both physically and
Masahiro Mori coined the term “uncanny valley effect” to explain why we become uneasy when nonhuman things exhibit human-like behavior.24 Perhaps nothing embodies the spirit of the uncanny valley better than BINA48. Figure 2. (left) BINA48 from the front. Courtesy of Robert Koier. Figure 3. (right) BINA48 from the rear. Courtesy of Terasem Movement Foundation. Martine Rothblatt, a serial entrepreneur, lawyer, and researcher, has created an extremely lifelike humanoid robot in collaboration with