Technological Revolution & Surveillance in the COVID-19 Era
Are we in the middle of a technological revolution?
Yes? I feel like a technological revolution should feel more empowering and exciting. It should feel like something good as opposed to something catastrophic. But if you define it as a moment when there's a lot of technological change that will last for years or decades, yes. Think about the way that health, education, working from home are going to change. There are lots of inventions right now because of coronavirus that will stick with us.
With the need for increased surveillance, will microchipping become a thing?
Microchipping is where you put a little microchip inside your body and you can use it to scan yourself in, you can embed data in it, you can use near-field identification. But no, it's not going to become a thing because you can do all that in your phone. Put the microchip in your phone. Carry the phone in your pocket or put it in your watch. Putting it in your skin is unnecessary and kind of gross.