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Inscription: using panoptic surveillance technologies to improve our memories, health and lives

posted by:Marty // 04:07 PM // June 19, 2005 // Core Concepts: language and labels

The ever predictive Howard Rheingold, in a recent article at TheFeature informs us that Microsoft Research’s new manager of the social computing, Marc Smith, is pushing panoptic surveillance technologies to a new kind of authorship. Smith has dubbed this “Inscription”.

Since we're going to be snooped, sensed and surveilled by sensors in the environment, why not use sensors attached to our mobile devices to augment our memories, track our health and otherwise enhance our lives? Smith says, "The state is going to be recording everything we do, why shouldn't we make our own recordings -- if only to challenge the accuracy of what others capture?"

See the full article here: http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=101694&ref=7818328

Note that this is something that On the Identity Trail's Steve Mann has been advocated and working towards for years.

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this is a complex issue and requires further defininition of what equiveillance is and how it relates to sousveillance and surveillance. In the past, human freedoms and definitions of what privacy where intuitive and part of common cultural understanding. This process advocates a certain total transparency. The ability to control what information our bodies and minds leak into the recording enviroment is the key to what both Existology and Humanistic intelligence that Steve advocates.

There is a big difference between Artificial intelligence and Humanistic Intelligence, and the idea what sousveillance means: as sensor systems evolve, they will involve increasing connectivity and use fuzzy/neural logic systems to keep track of us during the day: this would be integrated into an AI system. HI, is the ability to oversee AI systems and create filters both with incoming and outgoing humanistic data (all data of activities of daily living). A good example of an incoming privacy filter is the reality windows filter where advertising can be filtered out in a mediated reality system: an outgoing privacy filter would be to make oneself anonymous in a bathroom to sensors by using radar waves to jam/interfere with prying electronic eyes.

So hence, Steve's ideas are more in tune with advancing autonomy and hence increasing the amount of privacy one has: Not sure If Marc Smith is on this wave length, or if he is in tune with the importance of humanistic intelligence which places the individual user as the key controling factor. He was present at the CARPE meeting, but there was not many questions about HI and how it factors into privacy and autonomy.

Posted by: stefanos pantagis at June 22, 2005 08:57 AM

equiveillance is a term that is not being widely used, but as the terms HI and AI coverge with a balanced surveillance and sousveillance world, maximizing possible human freedoms and privacy, we will begin to understand the harmony and harmonics of a society that is sousveillant.

perhaps many of the french mathemeticians had some ideas about a free society during the french revolution, but it was difficult to describe these ideas beyond the abstract nature of mathematics: with our current accelerated computer systems, we can begin to see these relationships and patterns of a free society via the new inventions of the blogosphere.

Posted by: stefanos pantagis at June 22, 2005 09:03 AM

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