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05 August 2015

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1. I would describe Technocreep as a brief overview of what certain computer based technologies can do now, which might surprise some readers, and what such technologies might be developed to do in the future, for better or worse; this book might be a gentle wake up call for some or a blaring trumpet for others, depending upon one’s familiarity and comfort level with certain technologies (and belief in human kindness!).

2. The potential of using a 3-D printer to perfectly match limbs to provide better prosthetics was one of the more heartening ideas in Technocreep. I think the most disturbing thing about the internet which is alluded to in the book (but I was aware of its existence previously) is the distribution of child pornography in the “dark web”. I don’t understand how everyone can know of its existence and yet law enforcement cannot pursue the people who produce it and prosecute them? Personally, I think that should be a priority. Other than that, I wasn’t too freaked out…or let’s say not any more freaked out that I was already! Don't get me wrong. I don't like the idea of identity theft or anyone spying on me any more than the next guy. It is just that these fears were not new to me.

3. I don't think that Technocreed made me think all too differently about technology, surveillance, the future, and/or privacy. I did, however, take a good look at some of the suggestions in the last chapter for reducing one’s risk. Some of this I do already, but there were a few other good tips, such as using a prepaid credit card for certain transactions, that I had not thought of.

Ruthiella, my faithful menager!
1. Your description is better than mine. For some reason my ability to describe books lately is absolutely subpar. I imagine it has something to do with not being able to have a thought from start to finish without being interrupted. I think I would have described this one as a look at the near future of the development and uses of technology, primarily to collect data on people and learn how to better sell them things.

2. My years in libraries and all the library lit lately on "makerspaces" (so boring to me) means that whenever I see the words "3D printer" my eyes just stop reading. But you're right, 3D printers to make limbs does seem heartening. I myself was a bit freaked out by Keenan's described advances in facial recognition software. I also don't care much for cameras EVERYWHERE. I have, on the other hand, pretty much accepted that we'll all be victims of identity theft sooner or later.

The "dark web" idea freaked me out. I thought to go looking for it (where is it? why don't more people talk about it?) but then really didn't want to find it.

3. I don't know that this book really made me think differently about tech or the future; but I did enjoy having some more concrete examples of our our private info is collected and used (usually for monetary purposes). What I really appreciated was Keenan's disdain for the "as long as you're not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't mind being filmed all the time" theory. I hate it when people say that. So I am grateful to this author for telling the story of the guy who just had a parking space next to a mob guy, and they periodically exchanged 'hellos,' and pretty soon the innocent guy is in a database as "linked with the mob."

I enjoyed the tips section at the end too; very practical.

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