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).


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…



About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. 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) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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