Take me to Starbucks: Wearable or Creepy Control Technology?

The BBC’s Newsnight featured an interesting piece on wearable technology last night (watch from about 34.00 if you can access it).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02m9zwl

It’s not the technology, but the creepy strategies being deployed. Watch the US employers who play a close attention to the health of their workforce. As data from your body, your everyday movements, and images of your life, get passed to a database. Who gets to delete it? Who owns it? Who controls it?

The interview at the end with the journalist trying out Google Glasses is typical of those who cannot see out of the fog of the smart city. Just a new advertising model – Take me Starbucks! Come on!

There’s a small piece on it here too, but the interview needs to be seen…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22759482

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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