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Noprivacyville

Scott Adams has an interesting meditation on the economics of privacy. He makes a good point–the less privacy everyone has, the cheaper it is to be “safe.”

You wouldn’t need police to catch speeders. Cars would automatically report the speed and location of every driver. That sucks, you say, because you usually speed, and you like it. But consider that speed limits in this hypothetical town would be much higher than normal because every car would be aware of the location of every other car, every child, and every pet. Accidents could be nearly eliminated.

Healthcare costs might plunge with the elimination of privacy. For example, your pill container would monitor whether you took your prescription pills on schedule. I understand that noncompliance of doctor-ordered dosing is a huge problem, especially with older folks.

It’s really rather horrifying.

Posted in Ephemera April 4th, 2011 by Chip
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