Episode 1: Privacy Failure (released April 28, 2014)

Welcome to the 1st episode of The Future Show with Gerd Leonhard!

Is privacy really dead? Would a world without anonymity really be desirable? Should we simply accept that our communications, opinions, images, movements and actions are 99% public by default? Will wearable computing devices such as Google Glass, medical self-monitoring devices and smart watches and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) make it even harder to adhere to some kind of privacy standard? Will we really live in world where ‘everything that happens must be known’ (read Dave Eggers’ book ‘The Circle)? TFS host and creator Gerd Leonhard believes that in a world where almost everything is watched, recorded and analysed,  and where information spreads like wildfire, we urgently need to strike a personal balance between openness and transparency and a collective standard of privacy, and frequently review our data-sharing paradigms to avoid entering into truly Faustian bargains. Allowing for mistakes and imperfections is what makes us human, but how would still uphold this concept if we are being monitored and ‘quantified’ all the time?

Context: read more about the future of privacy (FuturistGerd.com)  Watch the TFS introduction video. 

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