This book is a must-read for all Canadians who are worried about how technology has not only taken over our world but also our private lives as well. Professor Keenan writes the book in laymen’s terms so that it is easily understood by everyone.
This is a book that will open your eyes to the “surrender of our privacy and the capitalization of intimacy.”
Modern technology is not what it seems. It is much more than it seems. Most people are not even aware of some of the background effects of technology that may be harmful and even dangerous to our well-being and peace of mind.
So much seems to be happening that is out of our view and beyond our control. It is far worse than the Brave New World that Huxley described many years ago. It is a world that not only watches us but also pries into our personal lives when we least expect it.
Our technological systems are increasingly passing information back and forth without bothering to inform us that they are doing so. They are parsing and analyzing it to determine the deeper meaning of what we say and do.
Therefore, technocreep is quietly but relentlessly invading our daily lives. Here are some ways how they do this.
• When you use your smartphone to take a photo, it auto-uploads to Facebook without your knowledge.
• Your email through free providers such as Google, Yahoo or Microsoft is not as safe as they seem. There is no way for any of us to know how your email is processed. There are virtually no tools to investigate it.
• Late at night, you hear the hard drive whirring on your computer. The monitor is flickering even though nobody is using it.
• Bars in several cities have installed cameras that silently watch their clientele and make inferences about them from their physical characteristics.
• Next generation wearable computers such as Google Glass may start regularly tracking where you are looking. That information will then be sold to advertisers and others who are seeking a window into your mind.
• Your phone may listen for audio cues about where you are. Is that a football stadium announcer it hears? Perhaps you would like a discount coupon for the team’s store.
Therefore, we must try and make sure that we save ourselves from these technologies that are invading our lives and discovering who we are without our knowing.
This book is at once scary as it is poignant. It is a warning to all of us to take heart and to make sure that we are careful with our technology. Shut it down as often as possible. That may stop big brother from really watching you and gathering information about you and spreading it without your permission.
Rating: 5+ stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth