privacy

Do you see what

Neuroware proposes mating consumer grade brainwave-detection devices with other appliances, starting with your smart phone. This concept video demonstrates a headset that automatically records when it detects an emotional reaction to what the user is perceiving. 

Honestly, what intrigued me most about this wasn't the EEG capacity of the headset, it was the rather bizarre design decision to place the phone on the side of the person's head, where passersby can see it, but the user can't. It suggests that the user's emotions are part of the aesthetic of the device itself. In contrast to Google glass, which was perceived as a creepy overreach of privacy boundaries, this device exposes the user, displaying their internal state for all to see. 

Tyson/Snowden

The brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in this piece from Tyson's series "StarTalk Radio." Snowden on the right to privacy:

"You don't have to justify why you need your rights. That's not how they work... Saying that 'I don't care about the right to privacy because I've nothing to hide' is no different than saying 'I don't care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say.' ...Rights don't have to be used by you individually to be valuable to a society. You can't have a free press without freedom of speech, and you can't have a free society without the right to privacy."