Today, while I was having a chat with Amma about getting a new sim for the RW phone as there were some issues with the phone, suddenly, the phone suggested adding a sim card to make a phone call right when we were having conversations about the sim card. However, this phone that we have had for three or four years never needed one. Though this experience could be a mere coincidence, it made me think of sharing a couple of references about phones listening to our conversations. I have shared several on this topic of surveillance and smartphone technology in the past through different channels. Thought of sharing a couple with you all.
Also, suddenly, the speaker for the same Moto E phone stopped working yesterday and then came back to normalcy on its own today after I tried out a couple of things on the phone, which did not help much then. This issue also led us to have discussions on this matter over the phone and also at home. This unusual happening of the speaker losing and regaining its functionality took me to the topic of timed obsolescence. Could it be connected to it? Though it is not easy to prove, it is something that we need to know.
Here is one reference:
Here is one reference:
technology/2020/apr/15/the- right-to-repair-planned- obsolescence-electronic-waste- mountain
These two unusual experiences made me share these articles with you on the phone listening to us and planned obsolescence. Think about what could happen if we were to have a listening phone that monitors and shares our conversations, with the ability to change its functionality depending on situations?
This is why I wrote years ago in the article, Blue Ocean, Red Ocean or a Desert with one tall building that we might not see Einsteins' or Ramanujans' much in the 21st century, as their ideas might be stolen right from their houses, many times, even without their knowledge. Instead of those individuals getting due credit, they might be labeled as idea thieves as someone else with more resources might have released those ideas, and/or developed products and/or acquired funding prior to it. It could be even worse when these kinds of technologies are extensively exploited by powerful politicians to their advantage, which might already be happening.
Here is one dated video on the topic of technology, government and surveillance, which you might like. This video debates the future of computers almost forty years ago. Now, we are seeing many issues that were brought up in this discussion. From a technologist point of view, Steve Jobs pointed out only the brighter spots in this debate. However, as brought up by David Burnham, we are seeing many of the concerns coming to live action now that Mr Burnham shared then.