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Meaning of privacy when `they' know you better than you kn...

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By Jason Lim

A few years ago, Uber got into public relations trouble when they published a blog post describing how they can analyze ridership data to infer certain behavior on the part of riders: "One of the neat things we can do with our data is discover rider patterns…we came up with the Ride of Glory (RoG). A RoGer is anyone who took a ride between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a Friday or Saturday night, and then took a second ride from within 1/10th of a mile of the previous nights' drop-off point 4-6 hours later (enough for a quick night's sleep)."

This was over two years ago, and you can be sure that Uber knows much more about many more people's behavior than they did then. And it's not just Uber, of course. Amazon's recent triumph with Alexa, the AI-infused personal assistant, means that Amazon now knows pretty much every single thing that you and your family members do on an everyday basis. If you add this on top of all the shopping, reading, and video-watching data that Amazon has about you, it's not that difficult to create a strawman for what type of everyday choices you make. But you can't leave out Facebook, which boasts 1.8 billion active users around the world who spends an average time of 20 minutes per login. Also, 4.75 billion pieces of content are shared daily as of May 2013 and 300 million photos are uploaded every day. It's no exaggeration when it's reported that Facebook knows when you are about to make a decision to marry or divorce even before you have consciously become aware of the decision yourself.

But this is all old news already. The next big technological breakthrough seems to be in intelligent robots that can socially engage with human beings in a natural way. Needless to say, the porn industry is all over this, as it was with videotapes, DVD, virtual reality, and internet video streaming. Whatever your opinion might be, porn has been a leading player in the human-technology interface space for a long time.

Granted, there are companies like Realdolls and TrueCompanion that already sell hyper-realistic silicon sex dolls for upwards of $10,000. Now imagine that those dolls are actually robots built on an artificial intelligence engine that can interact with you not merely as a sex toy but as a full-fledged companion in the bedroom.

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