In an earlier post, we discussed how our lives are about to be subject to even more sophisticated analysis. The quantified self movement promises to help us make more intelligent decisions about how we take care of ourselves. There’s even a quantified baby trend to turn the lil’uns into data. Cars and homes will improve via smart technologies. The value of this data is limited only by our ability to interpret it, and this analysis is where we still need improvement.
Um, my friend has a problem with his ____. Yeah, you know, my friend. Yes, it’s an embarrassing problem. I’d better research it in my browser’s private mode. But Google may be able to figure out it’s me, so I’d better search with DuckDuckGo. I think they will protect me better. But won’t my ISP know what I search for? Should I use Tor to encrypt my internet activity? If I do, will the government think I am up to no good and start logging all of the goofy videos I watch?