Our lives are other people’s business, thanks to digital technology. This modern-day phenomenon will increase once 5G becomes the norm.
“If it’s free then you are the commodity” is a saying that’s more true today than at any point in the history of humanity.
For example, Google spies 24/7 on what people write in their gmails and then sells the personal data on to online advertising and marketing companies.
Google also collects meta data, such as users’ geographical locations by recording individual IP addresses. This is also true of Youtube (owned by Google) as it notes each time someone plays a video clip.
But the same applies to nearly every tech provider offering “free” stuff. What’s shared on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media, for example, is also worth a bunch of money to big business.
Mobile concerns and how 5G will make the situation worse
Mobile phones and tablet devices harvest meta data too as a matter of course. Today this is carried out mostly across existing 3G and 4G networks.
These gadgets rely on cell towers for their signals, and each tower can pinpoint users’ locations to within an area of approximately one mile.
However, 5G travels much shorter distances than 4G. Consequently, it struggles to penetrate walls, trees and even rain. This means smaller cell units have to be positioned close together across each and every corner of our already irradiated lives in order to make it work
Given that mobile devices connect to only one cell base at a time, meta data gathering through 5G narrows down from miles to mere feet.
So instead of 4G knowing a person’s neighbourhood location, 5G will instead be able to tell which building and even what room they’re in.
Internet Of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT) aims to connect every living man, woman and child using 5G.
This will be done not only from smartphones or tablets but also through commonplace objects such as kettles, showers, fridges (including food items sat in them), vehicles, central heating systems, door locks, etc, etc, etc, etc,etc.
With an ubiquitous 5G-driven IoT now on the horizon, Big Tech will be able to record precisely when we get up each morning, what’s for breakfast, how long we shower, how far the journey to work is, and on and on and on throughout each and every day of our dystopian lives.
Even today, it’s possible to deduce people’s behaviour by examining usage data from smart meters fitted to power supplies at their homes.
With the likes of Siri, Alexa, cameras and microphones fitted into televisions, laptops and mobile devices, detailed mass personal surveillance is with us today.
And The Truman Show is about to get a 5G remake with you in it.