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Show #2019-67 April 3, 2019

There’s a proposal afoot to implant smart technology is a new development downtown called “Sidewalk Toronto” which wants to build a new neighbourhood, called Quayside, located at Parliament Slip, just southeast of Downtown Toronto. The public-private partnership that wants to do a who slew of things to bring joy and happiness to everyone as well as world peace, and thanks to Miss Congeniality for allowing me to use of their phraseology. 

There is a fair amount of pushback from people who are worried that all this technology will violate our personal privacy and give too much information to big brother and the police. In the words of Cornel Potter from MASH, “Horse Hockey”.

My very first contact with technology was when I took a course at York University about the impact of computers on society, and the professor announced in his first class that he was new to the program, so our social media would be doing the same program as the advanced Com Sci people, and that’s how I started programming. The message here is that from the time of the first computers, people have been worrying about our privacy and how much data is going to the government.  

No to rattle anyone’s cag, but have a look around. Is there anything that isn’t on a database somewhere? Consider this. Almost everyone carries a smartphone with them. By default, smartphones upload your location to Google, who collects all that information, then make it available to everyone on Google Maps. The only reason the government doesn’t know absolutely everything about you from your digital footprint in their inability to get anything done. If the ever figured out how to compile the available data, we would never have to file anything with them, because they could simply push a button somewhere compute anything they want, and that’s where we’re heading.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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