Gone will be the days when you can hole up in your house, turn off the lights and go on a three day bender, harming nobody but yourself. Not if you have a smartphone monitoring your activity or, lack of it..
Research is currently underway to confirm that the more you are using your smartphone, the more likely you are depressed.
Yes, very serious research with lots of PhD’s and stuff:
From the Journal of Medical Internet Research
WHERE the phone is used is also a predictor of emotional state.
Using GPS data from the phones of the study participants, people who spend most of their time at home, or in few locations, are linked to depression, researchers concluded. Having an irregular schedule also can prompt feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Here’s the part that gave me shivers considering the coming robotic controlled world:
“The significance of this is we can detect if a person has depressive symptoms and the severity of those symptoms without asking them any questions,” said senior author David Mohr, director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We now have an objective measure of behavior related to depression. And we’re detecting it passively. Phones can provide data unobtrusively and with no effort on the part of the user.”
WITHOUT ASKING THEM ANY QUESTIONS means introducing huge risk of incorrect assumptions. And as my dear father used to tell me, “Assumption is the mother of all F-ups”.
Now suppose some government somewhere in a galaxy far far away (I won’t name names) has control of the entire healthcare system.
What could this mean? It means you may not in the future be allowed to be depressed. i.e. Depression is a crime.
With more and more government intrusion and monitoring of our private lives, the following scenario is not a stretch in my opinion.
Suppose in order to avoid random violent acts the government as a requirement for health care provision, requires you to have a certain app on your phone, or the app is simply there without your knowledge as mandated by the government to the manufacturer. ( My guess is it’s already there )
Now your movements and behavior are monitored. Algorithms have been developed to “profile you”.
Suppose you simply feel like being anti-social, perhaps in exchange for being creative or productive. Your movements are constrained. Uh oh, your behavior matches that of a mass murderer before he performed a certain act.
Time for preemptive action! You soon have a knock at your door, your home searched, and you are put away as a threat to society. I can’t think of anything much more depressing than that.
What do you think?