We have addressed the idea of pervasive connectivity in 2030, in the design of Dis-Contact Lenses. From the Cosmos article we’ve gathered that with the direction that communication is heading, a future where we must actively remove information as opposed to post things up on the World Wide Web, becomes a very possible reality. However convenient this may prove, issues regarding privacy will occur. As minuscule and private aspects of out lives become broadcasted publicly to everyone we know, or possibly even strangers.
The design of lenses which help disconnect one from the cyber world can act temporarily as a form of escape and protection of self from the public life. In today’s society where technology to broadcast is still new, there is a desire for many to take advantage of peer sharing. As time goes by and such technologies become more prominent and uncontrollable, society would hence develop a nostalgic yearning for the disintegrating idea of privacy.
“Connectivity will have woven itself into the fabric of our everyday life.” In this world of inescapable connection, personal privacy is called into question. How do we escape being ‘on the grid’? A decade prior to 2030, world wide governments would begin “tagging” people, similar to rudimentary vaccinations. This begins a campaign to promote global connectivity. It starts in waves and also hit the baby market, requiring children to get tagged at birth. At that time, it became a popular concept but over time the lack of personal privacy begins to create discontent among masses.
Dis-Contact Lenses (DC lenses) first hits the scene as a device utilised by the government shortly after the issuing the mandatory “tagging”. These lenses become issued out to people whom needed witness protection or a disguise in cases of classified activity. These people will receive these lenses as a temporary means of protection, but due to the 5 hour life-span of such devices, the wearers needed to continue topping up. Such a technology can be desirable in many cases whether positive or negative. Originally the market was small and only used discreetly for safety and protection of information. However, as with most technological advances, products will begin to leak into the mainstream. This becomes a handy convenience for many people, and hence a larger market. Occasional uses could include those wishing to organise surprise events for loved ones and wish to do so undetected, as a publicised location could lead to a give away of such intentions. In different circumstances, if one is avoiding someone who is harassing or stalking them, this product could work against them being tracked, and their information travelling into the wrong hands. However, as with a lot of technology, this could end up in the wrong hands. One could use this when acting on infidelity or in some more extreme cases and escaped criminal could use this to remain unseen by the law and hence mingle in society undetected. For such reasons, the product is generally sold underground as the government would not have a complete handle on how to control its usage. The Lenses only last temporarily however and are not cheap to access. The use of such a product can be presumed to be deviant by mainstream society, though not always the case.