Omniscient Life App

Elements of this post have been ruminating in my mind for a few years now.  This is the best I have been able to put it into words; such as they are.

Experiment

A thought experiment for your consideration.

An app is developed–the Omniscient Life app–with the following features:

  • Scans your biometrics to identify you using government databases
  • Collects all audio/video about your life into a history stream by connecting with NSA/CIA/GCHQ surveillance archives
  • Data mines the videos using AI to identify micro expressions to add a “thought-track” as subtitles or commentary
  • Connects to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to share your history stream

With this app, you can view any moment of your lifewith your accompanying psychological and emotion state via the “thought-track”.

If this app existed, how does it affect your views on the following:

  1. Privacy
  2. Government Surveillance
  3. Social Media
  4. Information Security
  5. Artificial Intelligence
  6. Cyber Bullying:
    • Doxxing
    • twitter mobs
    • crucible effect (red scare, witch hunt)
    • etc.

Version 2 adds the following features:

  • All history streams are searchable and shareable by any other user
  • The app analyzes cumulative thoughts and behaviors of a user and assigns labels: good person, bad person, kind, jerk, religious, sanctimonious, revolutionary, terrorist, etc.

How does that further affect your views?

Hypothesis

The Omniscient Life app leads to the following personal views:

  1. More privacy – everyone has something to hide
  2. Less surveillance – governments should not spy on people and certainly not store the data
  3. Less social media – over-sharing is actually dangerous
  4. More security – data is power in the information age and must be protected
  5. Artificial Intelligence – some calculations should not be made
  6. Less cyber bullying – if an abuser has motive, the internet provides means and opportunity

 

The internet is a powerful tool. Use it wisely. Protect it strongly.

Related Reading:

  1. The Eternal Value of Privacy: https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2006/05/the_eternal_value_of.html
  2. Do Not Ship It: https://blog.datproject.org/2017/12/10/dont-ship/
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Omniscient Life App

Site Migration

Some interesting stuff going on!  I recently ported my sites off of Hostgator.  I realized that it just did not make sense to keep paying $6.95 a month for what I was actually taking advantage of: one wordpress blog (this site) and one static site.  Not to mention, the particular shared hosting plan I was using limited me to one domain name associated with services/applications of that plan.  

No more!  I have now migrated the Codehabitude Blog to WordPress.com and setup the custom domain name Codehabitude.com (which is a cheap process at only $13 per year).  The transition was also very easy.  Wordpress has a pretty good export/import feature that brought over all my data really well.  I do not get all the same themes that were available to me before, but it has other benefits like stronger security with the WordPress.com 2-factor Authentication.  I also help my dad manage his WordPress site, which I also just ported over to WordPress.com, and it is so much easier to be an Administrator on multiple blogs hosted here than spread across different Hosting Plans.

My static website Tommygroshong.com is now hosted on Amazon S3.  I am now in my second month of hosting, and the cost has been between $0.50 and $1.00 and month.  The setup was not that hard; it just took some configuration of an S3 bucket and a Route 53 DNS Zone.  The most expensive thing is the Route 53 at $0.50/month.

My total cost per month hovers around $1.65 (S3 + Route 53 + WordPress Custom Domain) which is like a -76% change in monthly cost from $6.95.  On top of all that, I learned a lot from the deploy experience and both sites appear to perform better than before.

I plan on writing a more in-depth blog post about launching a Static Website on Amazon S3 including giving a tutorial on a new deploy tool I wrote in Node.js called Street.js that makes deploying and updating sites in S3 buckets incredibly simple.

Site Migration