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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
  The end of even more privacy, or we could call it an increase in transparency

Via KurzweilAI.net.

You can't tell me our Homeland Security people aren't going to adopt this, from
The Hindu Business Line : Camero develops radar system to see thru walls:
"Herzliya-based company, Camero, has devised a radar system, based on UWB (ultra wideband) technology that can produce three- dimensional pictures of what lies behind a wall, from a distance of up to 20 metres, a report has said.

The pictures, which resemble those produced by ultrasound, are relatively high-resolution. Although the figures are somewhat blurred, the system enables the user to follow what is happening behind the wall in real time, daily Haaretz reported."
Of course, depending on price, this technology will become more widespread. Trust me. We couldn't keep nuclear power and missile secrets during the Cold War, this will get out and spread. This is good. The more it spreads the better. I'd rather everyone had this capability, and it's use verywhere, than let it remain in the exclusive hands of governments and the wealthy. You can't trust them.

Better that we as a culture and a society learn to deal with the end of all guarantees of privacy, and instead adopt an attitude, necessarily more extreme, similar to what many Asian cultures use to deal with the close proximity made necessary by crowded populations. Polite looking away. Similar to what we already practice in elevators, and communal restrooms. You don't stare, because people tend to stare back.

Point: It's better to deal w/ this type of technology in an open social/politica/cultural dialogue, than let those in power learn to abuse it.

Of course, it is kind of ironic that while Camaro is developing technology to see through walls from twenty feet, Professor Tachi out in San Francisco, is saving time by making the walls invisible. What happens when the imaging tech hits the invisible tech?
 
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