Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Few Frames Into The Future

"Hi. Uh, what's that?"

"Oh, that's my personal body camera."


"I figure what's good for police is good for me, too. You never know when somebody's going to accuse you of saying something or assaulting somebody."


"It's getting pretty tough. People say stuff on Facebook and Twitter, and people put words in your mouth. You know that Mark Twain saying that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth is putting on its shoes? I figure I need to do a pre-emptive strike."

"By constantly recording everything?"

"We take selfies, don't we?"

"Yeah, but..."

"If it saves me from having to get my reputation back, it's worth it. Flash memory is pretty cheap. I can store about 24 hours on one card at decent quality with one camera and download it to my PC before I go to bed. Then I just pick it up in the morning, strap it on, press record, and away I go."

"Aren't you concerned about privacy rights?"

"Oh that. Did you see the patch on my shirt above my camera?"

"No, let me see that. 'All conversations are recorded for quality assurance?'"

"It helps to put a positive spin on it."

"I... I..."

"I know what you mean. But this is the world we live in, where our word doesn't mean anything and people believe whatever they read online. Technology is our savior."

"So we're all going to go around with little cameras on our bodies, constantly recording everything?"

"It would sure end a lot of headaches."

"But this is like Big Brother. It's like wiretapping!"

"Wiretapping is when the other guy doesn't know. With me, everybody knows, and everybody's warned."

"What about consent?"

"Consent? We don't care what other people think about our actions anymore, so consent is overrated."


"Try not to think about the down side of it too much. We'll have a reliable verification system for what we say and do. We'll think before we act, and we'll watch what we say."

"If we say anything."

"C'mon, silence is golden, right?"

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