Why I Won’t Buy the iPhone X – And It’s Not Just The Money
The iPhone X was released yesterday amid much fanfare. That you already know.
It’s gone on to the shopping lists of a LOT of people and will be the must-have device for a fair while. That you know too.
However, my shopping list will not feature one. The $999 price tag not being the primary reason. (I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t agree that dropping a 1000 dollars plus on a phone is nothing short of ridiculous.)
I won’t buy an iPhone X primarily because technology has started to scare the hell out of me.
We are being increasingly surrounded by devices that are constantly listening to us, watching us, and relaying the information to people who built them.
The idea ostensibly is to make our lives easier. To allow us to do things with as little physical effort as possible. That, given the general disposition of our species is great. However what’s happening during the course of automation is our behaviors and unique identities are being stored in a massive cloud of information. Information, which in the wrong hands can have catastrophic results.
Also, information gathering and tracking capabilities, are accessible to our increasingly intelligent machines, which we are trying to infuse self-awareness into.
But let’s not jump ahead of time and stay within 2017 to look at a few examples of how privacy is pretty much becoming a mythical concept.
- UID – Our fingerprints, retina-scans and other data has been stored forcibly by the government, and I’d say that it can be leaked to be misused, but it’s already happened.
- Facebook – We have willingly given FB access to our contacts, private pictures, personal information like date of birth, our likes, dislikes and location details. It already recognizes our individual faces in a crowd. Basically, Facebook knows you better than your anyone. And thereby, it can predict your behavior better than anyone. Right now that information is used to market you products that you might buy, but think about that information landing in the hands of someone who wants you to do something for them…
- Instagram – It has been listening to you, as one lady figured, and serves ads to you basis the conversations you’ve had. Think about it. Your phone, which is shut, is lying on the table and listening to your conversations, sending them back to a server, which in turn figures keywords and decides to show you stuff related to what you were talking about! Honestly, it’s not just Instagram, phones listen to you all the time. And even though tech majors will categorically deny it, it’s rather easy to prove it. Like some people did.
- Roomba – That cute, amazing self-working robot that keeps your home clean without you having to lift a finger? Looks like it’s sending the layouts of your house back to the company that makes it!
- There are loads of other examples, all a google search away (which in turn will remember what you searched for).
Enough examples to get you a little concerned, if not absolutely paranoid?
If you’re a regular on the net, you’ll remember this picture of Z’brg at work, with his laptop camera and microphone taped over.
Now, if the person who heads one tech giant cannot guarantee the safety of his devices even though he has the BEST tech resources at his disposal, where do you think you stand?
So putting all this in perspective, we get to the iPhone X. The amazing device which features facial recognition to unlock it. Even at night, employing an infrared camera.
As of now I am not sure about the details about the tech, but common sense would lead me to believe that for the facial recognition feature to work seamlessly, the camera would have to be on at ALL times.
And that, is very VERY scary a thought.
There is a device in your vicinity at all times, knowing where you are, listening to what you say, and now, watching you as well.
All. The. Time.
It knows what you do, when you do, and how you do (what was that embarrassing bedroom kink again?).
It knows EVERYTHING, and that knowledge is stored someplace you’ll never have access to.
Thank you tech, you’re wonderful, and I love you.
But the iPhone X is where I start pushing you out of my private life.