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My ipod is watching

Posted 06-04-2010 at 12:00 AM by sweetiepie
Updated 06-04-2010 at 07:29 PM by sweetiepie

My cheap ass was bothered that my debtor sister went the extra yard to get me a $150 5th gen mini for christmas instead of a $50 off-brand 8-gig player. Then I was at this TV store with mom, advising her to get the 52 in and not the 60 in when suddenly every TV was advertising how the new Ipods have video cameras and I thought, "hey wait a minute, that's my ipod! I have a video camera!" Awesome, right? So far I've recorded the cats, a drunk party, insurance evidence, and the side of my face to check for zits or something.

One thing I think about these days is how friggin cheap this stuff is. Digital recording equipment is so affordable that even my cheap ass could afford to record anything. No, not anything, everything.

These days a couple hundred bucks will get you digital cameras and terabytes of hard drive space. That's 1000's of hours of decent resolution video and/or about a billion minutes of audio. Who needs photo albums? You could just as cheaply and much more easily stick a camera in your purse or on top of the fireplace and record every moment of every day. But what do you do with these archives? Catch a thought-criminal? Keep them in a box in the basement? Review holidays? Rewatch the fights you had with your wife? Remember the father that left? Listen to you talking to yourself? Watch gradual shifts of habit? See your children grow in time-lapse?

I don't know, how about add some nice voice recognition software to the mix? Now every conversation you have could be roughly translated into text. Throw in a quick search engine. Now every conversation could be searched and played back.

"Hey, you didn't tell me you were planning on building a deck!"

"Yes I did... See, right here, March 11th, listen:"...

Creepy? Yes but how creepy can something be when it's so easy? That's what the internet is about right? Making things so easy they're no longer creepy.

This is all to say that I think there's still a lot of room, from a business perspective, for information technology to blossom in scope. This isn't even to say something about, say, what wire tapping has become. Course, far as I'm concerned, the goddamned ipod is bad enough, I wash my hands of this shit.
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    You'll want to make sure that you're not in a two party consent state before recording. That can come back and bite you in the ass, if you're not careful.

    As far as data storage goes, thanks to Amazon's S3, there's really no limit to how much information you can hold onto.

    Yeay, computers!
    Posted 06-23-2010 at 03:28 PM by Tom Tom is offline

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