Nothing to Fear/Nothing to Hide

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Rocketeer, Aug 28, 2009.

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  1. Big Brother programs keep getting sneakier..

    doesn't anybody trust anybody anymore? Spying seems to be the wave of the future.. Trouble is the applications presented here are already being adapted for' other' uses..

    1] Cataphora is a Silicon Valley company that tries to model what an ' effective' employee looks like based on his/her electronic trail. According to the online ' magazine' Slate: " But how do you tell if an employee is happy and working in the company's best interest? " According to Elizabeth Charnock, CEO of Cataphora, you start by determining the normal level of electronic activity for individuals then go hunting for any deviation from that norm. They look for people who use all-caps [ typically a sign of high emotion ] or who is communicating with people on a distant part of the org chart - a relationship that may make no organizational sense - they also look for 'call me' events when something discussed electronically is taken to the phone. Another sign of something very personal going on [ and thus 'damaging' to the company ] would be if two employees who share a language, switch to that, say Russian from English mid-correspondence.

    the company builds filters that find out when people are revising their resumes. They also look for first drafts of employee reviews on hard drives, which are often much harsher and more accurate than versions filed with HR. Another filter looks for incidences where an employee contradicts his/herself - instances where e-mails are sent like " Great Idea, Boss!" and then the next minute another message is sent to a fellow employee like " Did you see that memo? what a idiot! "

    And they wonder why there's a downturn in employee loyalty

    2] On another front. the type of sensors cops use to check tipsy drivers can also tattle on you if you don't wash your hands in the washroom. Hand washing is vital for avoiding the spread of germs and is particularly critical in food processing, hospitals and other places of hands-on work. A monitoring device developed at the University of Florida detects sanitizer or soap fumes given off by people's hands as they exit the washroom offering real-time 'compliance' with hygiene measures. The mere presence of a soap-sniffer could improve compliance by being a compelling reminder to workers.

    Could see that latter device at a bar/pub with a red light and siren over the privvie door set to go off if the person coming out doesn't have the scent of soft foaming bubble soap on their digits..

    When did society get so suspicious of each other and please don't say 9/11 or something.. this has been in the works far longer.. Cameras on the streets, scanners everywhere...

    time to become a hermit and hide in a cave, if you could afford the rent..
  2. Some bad things, but mostly good things.

    Now let’s have the usual grammatically challenged, tinfoil hat wearing, “come the (unrealistic and extremely unlikely) revolution” internet hard men who struggle to change verbal gear, let alone society, along to have their vitriolic say.

    Of course, some (where are you TCM?) will claim that they don’t have free speech, while telling everyone on an internet forum that they don’t have free speech, and then move the forum onto their latest agenda.

    Oh, and simply by writing this I am a leftie gay and stuff. :D

    Now let’s all talk crap for a while… :lol:
  3. Cataphora is just one of hundreds of technology companies using AI to assist organisations in the way described. The methods described have been prevalent in many organisations for the best part of two decades, and interestingly enough, the UK boasts several orgs who have pretty much nailed this stuff.

    If you want to go for the "true tinfoil view" - forget the spying on employees and look at the datasets already held and harvested by UK Government departments. Whilst the NHS debacle should be a warning to the electorate, as to how easily the government can burn money, one could wager that the R & D divisions of many technology houses have benefited to develop systems that make Cataphora's technology in the second division of AI.
  4. Bottom line [ and the reason I am leaning toward tinhatdom ] is why?.. why do 'they' need to know every little quirk and habit of everyone?.. targeting me , because I like a certain thing and have expressed it, by flogging me soap on a rope shaped like Pam Anderson? Flooding me with 'messages' about the latest in auto technology because they' discovered' my clunker is ten years old [ maybe I like it that way ].. tracking my spending habits in order to hit me up for charity donations, credit cards I don't need, insurance scams..

    does it have to be all so invasive and pervasive?

    just because I turn sixty they got to stop sending me ads for slinky sex kittens who are dying to meet me and instead switch to trying to flog me retirement packages and viagra??

    And the worst of it is people are giving them the personal data just by logging on to Facebook and that ilk..twittering and txting... look what sxting has caused!!..[ okay so I'm bitter that no 18 year old hottie has ever sent me her personal pron collection - not that my phone is capable of seeing that stuff anyway.. but it would have been nice to be asked.. ]

    Information Age.. bah!!.. privacy is a myth.. thank gawd the end of the world is coming in 2012.. will clear out all this drivel and the chosen can start over fresh.. :p :p :lol:
  6. An interesting point. Rather than people trying to hide their personal lives many are desperately trying to show an image (often dubious) to anyone who cares to look, and want it that way. As with almost all technologies many, usually the young, learn to embrace developments in unexpected ways and move them in consumer-led directions.

    Thank goodness none of us have mobile phones or internet connections… :lol: