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A vision of the dark future of advertising

A vision of the dark future of advertising
It's obvious that in 50 years the amount of data collected about us will be much, much larger than it is now. By the middle of the century, all of us will leave a comprehensive, high-definition, information-rich digital exhaust everywhere we go. As the cost of adding computer chips to objects falls, our baby monitors, coffee machines, Fitbits, energy meters, clothes, books, fridges, and facial expressions will all create data points. So will our public spaces, lampposts, storefronts, and traffic lights. A 70-year-old in 2069 will have had most of her life datafied. This is what most analysts complaining about Facebook or Google miss: The profiling and targeting of people has only just started.

Far more powerful computers than we have now will crunch through this. Though Moore's law, the "golden rule" dictating that computing power doubles every two years, has recently slowed, it's a safe bet that future computers will be several orders of magnitude more powerful and cheaper than ours.

Read more (Jamie Bartlett, Medium) 

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