If you truly wanted complete and total privacy, you would need to give up nearly all of the technology that you are currently using. I wish that wasn’t true, but this is the reality of the world in which we now live.
The “Big Brother surveillance grid” is constantly growing and evolving all around us, and those who are using it to watch, monitor, track, influence and control us have an insatiable appetite for more data. They are constantly pushing the envelope, and most people don’t seem to care. But if we don’t stand up for our rights now, eventually we will find ourselves living in a society where there is absolutely no privacy at all.
In fact, many would argue that we are already there.
Recently, I was horrified to learn that researchers have been working on a way to use WiFi to look through the walls of our homes to see what we are doing. The following is a brief excerpt from a Vice article entitled “Scientists Are Getting Eerily Good at Using WiFi to ‘See’ People Through Walls in Detail”…
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a method for detecting the three dimensional shape and movements of human bodies in a room, using only WiFi routers.
To do this, they used DensePose, a system for mapping all of the pixels on the surface of a human body in a photo. DensePose was developed by London-based researchers and Facebook’s AI researchers. From there, according to their recently-uploaded preprint paper published on arXiv, they developed a deep neural network that maps WiFi signals’ phase and amplitude sent and received by routers to coordinates on human bodies.
As we have seen with so many other highly intrusive surveillance technologies, those that have developed this method are touting the benefits that it could have…
The researchers ague that their Wi-Fi approach to imaging humans in households could be applied to home healthcare, where patients may not want to be monitored with a camera in places like the bathroom or with other sensors and tracking devices.
No matter how old I get, I don’t ever want anyone using any technology to monitor me while I am taking a dump.
If that makes me old-fashioned, so be it.