The TileApp – lost personal items or lost personal privacy?

Just saw a suggested post on my Facebook timeline for http://www.thetileapp.com/. On the face of it it looks like a very useful product, but scratch a little deeper, it is potentially dangerous. Imagine someone secretly sticking it to your car or other such personal item, they could then stalk you without you even knowing.

I love technology, I’m a technophile, but new technology is increasingly becoming a very sharp double-edged sword and I find myself becoming more and more techno-skeptic, which is leading to a kind of techno-phobia in me. Undoubtedly, stuff like TileApp solves everyday problems like lost keys and wayward pets, but with the serious privacy implications that come with it, does the solving of these problems outweigh those concerns and implications? I think I can live with misplaced keys and wandering pets, but can I live with yet another device that exposes my location….I don’t think so.

I remember watching an interview with film producer Aaron Russo who spoke about the plan by the global banking elite was to have everyone implanted with an RFID chip, this seems to be a step in that direction.

Richard Dawkins, bigoted fact spinner

I got in a twitter conversation with someone defending Richard Dawkins’ bigoted twitter comments about Islam saying that all Dawkins is doing is stating facts and facts are not bigoted.

True, facts are not bigoted but the bigotry is in the way you spin them to support your bigotry.

For example:

In America, more black men are charged and convicted of crimes compared to white men. This is an undeniable fact, but without looking into causes and reasons, and if we are of a bigoted disposition, we will conclude black men are criminals or are more prone to criminality than white men. We can spin facts to support our bigoted thesis.

The reality of this fact is that America disproportionately incarcerates more black men than white guys for similar or lesser crimes. If we investigate further we see that there is institutional racism in the American legal and penal system and this is a symptom of a wider race problem in America. If we wanted to present a bigoted thesis we would say that all white Americans are racists and hate people of colour and Americans are more prone to racism and hatred of black people than others.