With growing levels of connectivity no matter where you are, it seems like we are never quite alone. Technology continues to reach out and touch us: reading a book has been replaced by time with a Kindle, our ovens can remotely start preheating via an app, and our acceptance of being recorded is growing. At this point, who hasn’t heard of a selfie and the virality of Vine videos cannot be ignored. Today’s memories and stories are constantly supplemented with photographic or video evidence.
I spent Easter weekend with my family and combined it with a birthday celebration. As the cake candles were about to be blown out, there was a shout from the side of the room of, “Wait! I need to get my phone out!” No, she wasn’t calling someone to join in on the singing, she wanted to record the moment and immediately upload it to Instagram and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (after all, the cake was a Pinterest recipe challenge).
My family willingly hit the brakes and waited for the recording to start before finishing the birthday ritual. However, it made me wonder what the future holds for us.
Technology advancements have made it possible to replay moments that were once fleeting. If my daughter knows something big is about to happen, she whips out her phone to capture it for those who aren’t there and for herself to experience again at a later date.
But there’s the other side of this, those that don’t like to be recorded or don’t know they are being recorded. Technology such as the evesdropping lamp can record and live tweet conversations that are occurring nearby in real time. Privacy concerns around Google’s Glass and facial recognition are sparking violence around the country. We will have to wait and see how these are or are not accepted in the social realm.
However, the enterprise has a different puzzle to solve, security. Can you imagine the recording of confidential conversations without participants’ knowledge? It’s scary but it’s possible. A simple scan of what is in the enterprise environment may not be enough; we need complete monitoring in order to make sure our secrets stay that way. Two heads are better than one, and many heads may be better than two, but only the thoughts of one head can be truly secure in a world that has made sharing so easy and popular.
On a side note, I hope everyone is doing okay with the damage created by the storm this week. Natural disasters can pull people together – a reminder that never being alone can be a great help.