Programs exist that enable you to locate your laptop computer when you have left it behind at the airport or if it’s been stolen when you left your car door unlocked while going shopping. There are G.P.S. watches that let you look at a map grid that shows you where you are any time of day. So you should think this is a good thing right? I mean you can never get lost and anyone who has the equipment can find you, even when you don’t want to be found.
If you purchase a few gallons of gas at a corner store using your credit or debit card, a record of this transaction is sent to your bank and kept there on a permanent record. Seems you can never actually go anywhere these days without someone knowing your location on the grid.
Even a receipt from a debit card purchase lists the location of the store and the time and date of your purchase. My point is that maybe we don’t want to be found sometimes!
If you wanted to buy your wife a box of candy and some flowers you would have to first go to an ATM, get cash, then pay for the gifts anonymously just so she couldn’t figure out where you bought her the gifts. Not that that would necessarily matter. But, if I wanted to say, buy a Burger and spend an hour with an old classmate from years ago and not let the other members of my family know I was at a particular place in time, well, you know what I mean.
When I get lost, literally lost, driving around to find a Fry’s electronic store, for instance, because I don’t have a navigational system in my car or a map, I find it truly difficult to navigate using my skills of North, South, East and West and looking for familiar landmarks and road names, but somehow I always find my way back home, even if I wind up right back in front of that same Walgreen that I saw 30 minutes ago!
I guess there’s something that can be said for G.P.S. technology. But still, there are times aren’t there? When you want to spend money or go someplace without there being a digital record of it?
If I were opted to have a RFID chip implanted in me so if I were to get senile later on in life, the police could find me wondering off highway 67 looking for my missing reading glasses.
As satellites orbit the Earth, keeping track of million’s of people on or off their cell phones, on line or off line, driving or being driven, it’s almost as if some guy is sitting at his computer with his many monitors eavesdropping on everybody as they go about his or her daily life just because, no reason, just curious I guess. I’ve seen that show, “Person Of Interest”. From that show, I gather there are also cameras with microphones monitoring us 24/7 and in some cases recording our shopping and commuting habits.
But the bottom line is this: Do I really want to be on the grid, so to speak? If the Global Positioning System is right for US citizens then I wonder who voted for it in the first place? They want you to buy a new iPhone and they advertize it everywhere. I guess there’s no way out of this new technology. But I wonder what life would be like, going back a few decades, when you had to first read a map to find your way around the city and when buying groceries meant cash or check? Paper or plastic? I wonder where the store manager goes to lunch when the store is all out of split chicken breasts on a sale day?
Probably up in his office having a cup of coffee and listening to Steely Dan and reading a magazine.