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Sat Dec 26, 2020, 09:58 PM

'We're Outsourcing Our Self-Awareness To Silicon Valley'

'We’re Outsourcing Our Self-Awareness to Silicon Valley.' The New Republic, Dec. 24, 2020.

Amazon’s new fitness bracelet, Halo, will tell you how you’re feeling. That’s scary enough—but imagine what Jeff Bezos will do with that information.

Would you like to give your friends and loved ones the gift of surveillance this holiday season? Your options abound. The market for “smart” devices is booming: There are smart toothbrushes that monitor your dental hygiene, smart beds that measure how you sleep, and smart forks that watch your every bite. This intimate data can be helpful, steering you toward a healthier and more productive life. But it is also deeply interesting to others listening in.

In the digital economy, we are urged to outsource all manner of once routine mental activities. Critics have complained, for example, that reliance on navigational apps has sapped our native sense of orientation. We no longer have to pay attention to our bearings or geographical markers since Waze or Google Maps will do it for us. Now, an ambitious new smart product takes this trend a frightening step further.

Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker not only measures your heart rate and exercise routines but also your moods; it records your voice, analyzes your tone, and issues detailed reports of your emotional states throughout the day. New York Times media critic Kara Swisher recently tried it out:

“That first day a vexed emoji told me I was ‘stern’ or ‘discouraged’ for 16% of the day. ‘You had one phrase that sounded restrained and sad’ for 1.6 seconds at 12:30 p.m. … But 8% of the day, including for 14.4 seconds at exactly 11:41:41 a.m., I was ‘satisfied’… Later, for 1.2 seconds at 7:18:30 p.m., I was ‘afraid, panicked or overwhelmed.’”...

More, https://newrepublic.com/article/160748/amazon-halo-outsourcing-human-self-awareness-silicon-valley

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appalachiablue Dec 2020 OP
I_UndergroundPanther Dec 2020 #1
Dawson Leery Dec 2020 #2
AleksS Dec 2020 #3
c-rational Dec 2020 #4
Shell_Seas Dec 2020 #5
appalachiablue Dec 2020 #7
Shell_Seas Dec 2020 #9
Skittles Dec 2020 #6
appalachiablue Dec 2020 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 10:10 PM

1. Fucking marketing

Assholes. Anything for a buck to thier paymasters who think nothing of invading and controlling our lives. I curse you Bernays.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 10:42 PM

2. I refuse to wear a smart watch. I do not want some "thing" monitoring and telling me what to do.

I will stay with my traditional watches (both mechanical and quartz).

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 11:27 PM

3. I have noticed a deterioration of my native

navigation skills. When I don’t turn my navigation on my phone on, I feel anxious, even for simple trips or trips I’ve done many times already.

Makes me wonder how I managed some pretty complicated trips before the nav systems were here—I know I got places before google maps!!!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 11:41 PM

4. I prefer my mechanical watch, and although Waze is great, I still use maps and focus on where

I am. A meditative exercise to stay in the present moment.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 12:22 AM

5. Maybe it's just my age, but I think that's cool.

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 06:24 PM

7. Some aspects are helpful for personal use but if insurance

companies and other authorities demand data pertaining to your health and lifesytle habits there could be problems.

A few years ago public school teachers who already had grievances over inadequate workplace supplies and pay, were told they had to provide their weight and waist measurement to their employee insurance company on a daily basis in order to maintain coverage. The teachers went on strike over that and other issues, and they prevailed.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 10:16 PM

9. Insurance is evil. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for universal healthcare

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 05:06 PM

6. hypochondriacs will LOVE it

yes indeed

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 06:25 PM

8. Insurance companies and other authorities will like it too. #7

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