Smarty pants! Not so long ago that label was reserved for sarcasm and usually accompanied by some form of bullying. It wasn’t exactly an endearment that made you the “Big Girl On Campus”
But what if?
Much of what’s happening in our digital world happens so fast, that before it’s completely absorbed, we’re onto the next thing. What was once generally accepted as taboo, is added to our “To Do” lists. And jumbled together, what’s derogatory is the new compliment! Hello.
When it won’t fit neatly into our compartments, we stuff the data into storage space. Renting clouds is like that, from standard to hybrids. They’ve become a necessity, and what we once paid for, is now free, a supposed perk of disruptive innovation.
But remember Blockbuster Videos, the store that rented out our favorite games and videos? It was quickly replaced by Netflix’s streaming videos on-demand. And once upon a time, we didn’t blink twice to be charged for an email account, that too became passé. Acronyms can be like that, easily replacing an “L” for an “A”, making us laugh out loud at America On-Line.
Still, deep down inside, we know that nothing is free. We’ve simply exchanged one thing for something else, the latest commodity, our personal data.
Facebook recently had a judgment made against them, by the EU court in Europe, on a privacy case. A case with such huge ramifications that it’s most likely a triple threat- dare, of the mammoth size, where there’ll be no clear winners.
It seems that the digital world doesn’t turn in a predetermined static-free orbit, after all. But instead it’s in a constant state of flux. Laws written fifteen years ago have become out dated, transcontinental e-commerce that was once all the rage, is now the brunt of outrage. And it’s hard to predict which way it goes.
Because technology just keeps moving, incapable of feeling, it’s capable of separating good people from their data. The word open platform doesn’t always lead to bug fixes, or great results. Sometimes, it leads to new ways to discover breaches to be breached.
And budgets spent to fix what’s discovered, breaks relations and leads to distrust and clandestine meetings. A cycle, that the Internet Of Things might avert, because its capable of firewalling data in that machine to machine way, without being paranoid. Making ulterior motives apparent and functioning more efficiently.
But first… we all put our pants on the same way, one leg at a time.
As we pull our digital pants on, we’ll know what data is collected and dispersed. Data collected will be gathered by how hard we pull today versus yesterday. Whether that movement was swift or jerky; and if our grip around the waist band was strong or weak. And was the fit loose or snug? Things like body temperature and amino acid level inside, read by an inseam. Our diet adjusted automatically, and accordingly.
Oh, and the best part will be the multi-functional zipper. The head-end that communicates to the internet of things– Our refrigerator and our coffee machines. Simultaneously turned on, preferred sources of information will stream in real-time. Our location, the day’s weather, morning traffic and news. The pharmacy notified, pre-written prescriptions filled and the car’s heated seats, turned on.
While there’s a lot that might go Topsy-Turvy, there’s an awful lot that might just go right. The true pursuit of happiness in a pair of smarty pants!
Nicely done, aging in place.