Georgia Tech has opened a center for the development and application of Internet of Things technologies. In addition to technical aspects, the center promises focus on ethics, privacy, trust, regulation, and policy.
Do you remember, in the movie Aliens, Hudson’s (played by Bill Paxton) enthusiastic concurrence to Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) proposal of “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure” ? I have similar enthusiasm for the point of this Guardian article — why in the world are we thinking that leaving our private data with megacorporations instead with the government is better? I’m not advocating giving it to the government, but I don’t understand all of the excitement about why leaving it with arguably less transparent corporations is better.
We need to be careful to not throw the baby out with the bath water.