The Lions Den: Consider Yourself Warned

So I’m listening to Howard Stern while driving to work and he is talking about an app you can buy on the iPhone that measures the size of your penis by taking a picture of it.

Yep, thanks to somebody who spent way too much time figuring out a way to accurately figure out how big (or small) something is based off a picture, you can upload your, um, assets to the internet, and this app will compare your size to all other users of this app. The application then ranks you based on a variety of different parameters, including your age, your height, your race, your country and anything else that you wish to “share.”

It’s long been a fact that people are taking a lot of pictures of themselves naked and sending them out to other people via cellphone. Call me old-fashioned, but…why???

With a little help from Google, it wasn’t that hard to figure out that even our private parts are no longer private. It is estimated that one out of three people has either received or sent a nude picture of him/herself or somebody they know. Which leads me to…

I was at first fascinated by the idea of wearable Google Glasses that connect you to the internet with a display that appears right in front of your eyeballs. The glasses look insanely cool, and I immediately assumed that everybody in the world with the means to acquire this gadget was going to not only get them but then also wear them at all times. And then I got to thinking.

“Hey, wait a second. Does this mean that anybody who looks at me while wearing these can take a picture or video of me whenever they want?”

Yes, that is exactly what it means. In the next couple of years, people will undoubtedly start filming almost everything they see. This is great if you are a witness to a crime and can provide eyewitness evidence, but it’s not so great when you realize that you have to pay attention to the guy standing next to you at a urinal.

In the not-too-distant future, it will be completely impossible for the average person (or authority, I might add) to tell whether or not somebody they have just met is filming their every move, because the next step after computer glasses is computer contact lenses. Essentially all human beings can become walking videographers of everything they see. I wonder if society will get used to this.

Today, if somebody points a cellphone camera at me and holds it there and records what I’m doing, I’m immediately irritated just because it feels rude and awkward. But to so easily conceal a camera and give it to the masses, will it become just an everyday part of life like security cameras are today?

It’s a scary world out there. But don’t worry, you’re being watched and documented, along with everyone else.

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