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Tuesday, July 01, 2003  

The World Wasn't Ready
For Camera phones. Modern society was just getting used to the ubiquitous cell phone, and that took how many years to reach its current penetration? But now the camera phone is causing all kinda of chaos. Governments, and even basic etiquette can't react fast enough to counter such a powerful new technology. Camera phones are very quickly changing the way people interact with their surroundings. New crimes perpetrated with camera phones are being invented every day, and the surface hasn't even been SCRATCHED. Some examples of the impact of the camera phone: Digital Shoplifting, where people are photographing magazines instead of buying them in Japan . I can't find the link for it, but pimps in south-east Asia use camera phones to send potential johns pics of the girls. Students in London are cheating on tests with camera phones. Gangsters in Australia are snapping pics of key witnesses causing a witness protection nightmare. Phonecam use is running rampant by voyeurs to snap upskirt shoots, ass shots, dressing room shots, and shots inside strip-clubs. Xeni Jardin wrote a great piece for Wired last month called, Phonecam Nation which touches on other implications of the futurephone revolution. America is, of course, way behind the rest of the world in camera phone adoption; like we are in all other cell phone tech. So it is really a brave new world waiting for us, and I, for one, am excited. I love it when technology grows faster than the world is ready for it. I like to watch the sociological implications as the happen.

posted by JMV | 7/01/2003 11:32:00 AM
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