Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin

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Sensor revolution
AnandY   7/30/2014 6:13:28 AM
Nice article and it really is true that sensors are taking over the world, more so with the coming IOT revolution. But before that existing sensor grids are being used to manage traffic and minimize accidents on the road. Even in cars we see an array of sensors related to safety.

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Re: Everywhere But Shouldn't Be on Social Media
Nancy Golden   7/29/2014 12:13:46 PM
Sorry Battar, but I disagree with your willingness to share personal data. After watching a family argue over who would get a deceased relative's ashes on facebook and the inappropriate comments that were made, you would understand better where I am coming from - people are not grasping that the internet is completely public. My personal data is just that - personal - to share with whom I choose, not for exhibiting it on a public forum for any and all to see. That does not mean I have something to hide - it means that I am being intelligent about what I choose to share which protects me and my family from unnecessary disclosures that people would be free to misinterpret online. Cyberspace is a terrible venue for true communication and misunderstandings abound because of it.

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Re: Everywhere But Shouldn't Be on Social Media
Battar   7/29/2014 9:10:47 AM

          Its' a give and take policy. Services such as Facebook and Google are provided, not really free, but in return for our personal data which is sold on to advertisers. If these services maintaned our privacy, they would either charge us directly or cease to exist. Actually, I'm suprised that anyone would think that the data from their personal monitoring sensors would interest anyone enough to look for it online.

Incidentally, I would be more suspicious of someone who refrains from sharing any personal data than of someone who shares unsavoury data. 

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Everywhere But Shouldn't Be on Social Media
Nancy Golden   7/28/2014 10:38:45 PM
These trends in sensor technology are not surprising - we have always been looking for high performance, cost effectiveness, the ability to work in harsh environments, smaller size sensors, and in recent years, wireless connectivity. We have also always had ways to collect data from sensors and have always sought to improve data collection methods. What I found disturbing in this article is the statement: As odd as it may sound, consumers are using sensor applications to distribute body data to social media groups.

It seems to me that technology has evolved too fast for the general public to assimilate in a healthy fashion and they have not learned to apply appropriate boundaries. Sharing data on social media is so intrusive to personal privacy - some people don't fully comprehend that their data is truly available for the world to see and that is not always desirable. It astounds me what I see on Facebook at times - people don't seem to comprehend that the first thing a potential employer will probably do is jump on Facebook to see what their habits are.

I appreciate the improvements we are seeing in technology but just because we can do some things, doesn't mean we should.

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