Sunday, 23 July 2017

Supreme may Propose : Technology will Dispose



Last week , I sent following emails to the Supreme Court [ SupremeCourt@nic.in ] :


·         Privacy ?  Perish the Thought !  (  19 July )



·          


While debating whether our Constitution does ( or does not ) provide for an individual citizen’s RIGHT to PRIVACY , it becomes necessary to also debate the following :


·         Should larger  “ Societal Good “  prevail over an individual’s right to privacy – especially if no violation of dignity is involved  ?


·         If I am unable to stop junk advts arriving in my physical mail box ( pamphlets / literature ) , should I feel offended with email such as :

“ Hey ! Since you are sending so many emails to Nandan Nilekani , would you like to read his book , “ Re-imagining India “ ? “


·             Can the world-wide  March of Technology  be stopped by India’s Supreme Court
     by dictating , who cannot “ invent “ , what ?


     Eg : Without explicit permission from the person concerned  :


     #  Smart phones which read human dreams and “message “ to WhatsApp group


     #  Spectacles ( ala Google Glass ) which allow wearer to take 1 hr videos of

         anyone / anytime , walking on the road and upload on the CLOUD


    #   Wrist bands which measure precise drug level in blood and alert the Police


    #   Shirt-mounted Cameras worn by Mumbai Police to capture video / audio of
         traffic offenders


    #   RFID collars around the necks of prisoners on parole , to track their
         Movements


    #   Currency Notes made of flexible / conducting Plastic , capable of capturing the
         finger-prints of every person who handles it and then relaying that info to
         Income Tax department


    #   TV sets that “ record and transmit “ , what you are watching ( like web site
         cookies ) . All you did was to switch on the TV . Who said anything about
         permission ?


    #   Clothes that you forgot to wear for 6 months , announcing their own “ sale “
          on E bay website (and , without asking your permission , revealing what
          private under-clothes you wear , to entire world  ! )



         Read : Help ! Please , Rescue me ! 



·         Can our Supreme Court tell :


Zuckerberg  > Don’t deploy drones -lasers, beaming internet signals to Indians


Sundar Pichai  >  Scrap you Project LOON / Project Skybender ( 5G internet )


ViaSat / Boeing >  No beaming of 1Gbps internet  from satellites to Indians


SpaceX / Virgin Galactic  > Keep your revolutionary internet tech to yourself


Prof Jhunjhunwala ( IIT-M ) > Do not license , your invention that delivers
    Internet signals using ordinary 220V domestic electrical outlet – to Indians


Satya Nadela > You are clearly invading  Privacy of Indians by launching your
    Mobile App “ Seeing AI “ , described below :



          “ Seeing AI “ can identify things in your environment – people , objects and
           Even  EMOTIONS – to provide important context for what’s going on around
           you . The app is also good at reading text . It can be used to take a picture
           of the text .



           THE APP CAN TELL YOU WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE ARE REALLY LISTENING
           TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING


           and ,

           IT CAN DESCRIBE THE GENERAL AGE AND GENDER OF THE
           PEOPLE  AROUND YOU AS WELL AS THEIR EMOTIONS


          
          
          

·         Can our Supreme Court prevent foreign companies – and foreign individuals ( over whom , it has no jurisdiction ) – from entering into  “ Delivery Contracts “ with Indian Citizens to deliver “ Services or even Goods “ , over the Internet ? - contracts requiring that Indian Citizen to surrender his PERSONAL / PRIVATE information willingly – and agreeing that the same can be used in ANYWAY  ! )

 

·         If such Foreign Companies ( or Individuals ) were to obtain from those Indian Citizens , a “ Waiver “ for all / any kind of litigation / damages , can Indian Judiciary  still intervene and prosecute such Foreign Companies / Individuals ?

How many will you sue ? And where ?




·         And what about PRIVATE / PERSONAL information about Indian Citizens , already available on the internet that ANYONE can scrap and even sell to others ?

To know the extent of this issue , in Google , just type :


Database Vendors in India “ ( Which of these 58.4 LAKH , will you sue ? )




·         What about PERSONAL / PRIVATE information that tomorrow’s ( - already here ! ) technology will “ ACQUIRE WITHOUT ASKING “ , an individual’s permission ?





While debating these LARGER ISSUES ( - which will decide whether RIGHT  TO  PRIVACY , is implementable or not ), I urge the Honourable Judges to consider the following :


·         Microsoft / Google / Amazon etc have started selling devices ( ASSISTANTS ) , which sit on your desk and answer many of your ( so far , simple ) questions and carry out ( so far , simple ) instructions,

But ,


These have started OBSERVING your every movement and LISTENING to your every SPOKEN WORD and relaying to the CLOUD !



It is only a matter of time before EVERY SMART PHONE sold in the market , is capable of all of these things – and MORE ! ( Eg :  reading your THOUGHTS and relaying to CLOUD !



Pl read :




          Artificial Intelligence : Brahma , Vishnu or Mahesh ?  

 

   https://myblogepage.blogspot.com/2017/06/in-hindu-mythology-brahma-creator.html 


 

·         Already, Mobile Apps come embedded with AI powered  ALGORITHMS , which tell you :

 

         #  What to BUY – and from WHERE

         #  The right TIME to invest , HOW much and in WHICH equity / investment

 

       ( - without asking you to provide your PRIVATE / PERSONAL  information )

 

·         By next year , you will be able to buy a REFRIGERATOR , which will place orders for food ( of course , without asking you ) on your Super Market , based on keen observation of your EATING HABITS ( - some would consider , PRIVATE  ? )

 

     Who knows , before long , that computer database of the Super Market ( which

     has stored all of your food preferences ) , will deliver food without your fridge

     ordering – and even recommend to your friends , what you have been eating !

 

     I have no doubt that in the years to come , our devices / appliances will take over

     more and more decisions of our life , just by observing us 24*7 !

 

·         Self Driving cars will come to a sudden stop if you happen to cross the road and save your life,


          But ,


          It’s camera ( which noticed you / photographed you ) will know precisely WHO

          you are , WHERE you live , WHAT you do ! Of course , without asking for your

          details !  Who cares  as long as you are not over-run !

 

·         As a citizen , you expect the Government to provide COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH –

     CARE , throughout your life

 

          That would require ( apart from issuing an AADHAAR id at birth ) , collection

          of following , about each new born ( - and “ about to be born “ as well ? ) :

 

          #   Details of both , Father and Mother


          #   Stem Cell samples /  DNA- GENOME mapping


          #   Blood Group data – Blood Chemistry – Pathological Test Data


          #   Height – Weight – Colour – Retina Scan


          #   ECG – EEG – Respiratory Data – CT Scan – X Ray


          #   Vaccination Details…..etc


 

          Would you / should you raise PRIVACY CONCERNS , if Government decides that

          any Doctor or Hospital treating you during your entire life , can access your data

          over internet  ?


 

         Or , the next door “ Chemist Shop “ deliver to you that “ Customized Medicine “ at

         the right instance in your life’s journey  ?


 

·         Find some more arguments ( for withdrawing “ life support system “ to a patient suffering from a terminal illness ) , read :

 

          Privacy  does  not  live  here 

         https://myblogepage.blogspot.com/2017/07/privacy-does-not-live-here.html

 

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 23  July  2017


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