In the morning, an alarm on my phone wakes me up. I go to the gym, scanning a little chip to let me in at the door. I listen my suggested tracks on Spotify. For lunch, I Google recipes and when I do my groceries, I scan my Visa PayWave and Everyday Rewards Card. I turn on the TV to watch Netflix, and later sign into YouTube from my laptop… it goes on and on and on…
It’s 2017, and this is the everyday level of connectedness that we’re seeing when it comes to the Internet of Things. Already my patterns of behaviour are being monitored, and accumulative trends used to predict future activities. The Internet of Things appears a wonderfully personalised and convenient phenomenon, yet raises significant issues when it comes to privacy and surveillance, and questions of who can access this stored data.
What happens when I go to take out health insurance, and they see I’ve been buying beer and chocolate at Woolies, and have only gone to the gym once this fortnight? Or when I go the bank to take out a loan, and they see I’ve had avocado toast and a latte three times this week at the local coffee shop?
Don’t know about you, but it makes me want to pack up and move far, far away to a cave in the Himalayas.