happy st. patrick’s day
Not being intentionally dumb here, but does anyone actually want $50s from an ATM?
I think the fact that these machines dispense such large bills is a pretty clear example of when a company makes decisions that are convenient or efficient from its own perspective, but fail to account for what its users actually want. Few must prefer those big bills, which are such pains to actually use.
I bet if you looked at withdrawal patterns, you’d see a lot of strange dollar amounts at machines prone to dispensing $50 bills. Say, lots more $80 withdrawals than might be considered normal.
It’s like soda machines that somehow think it’s a good idea to dispense $1 coins. Are you kidding me?
– Orson Welles
– I Ching
– Lao Tzu
In thinking about digital privacy and expectations of that, it occurred to me: What about creating privacy “zones” with set designations? For example, just as gaming worlds might set certain areas as safe (towns) and others as player-killing-allowed (contested territories), perhaps we could do the same. Open spaces are public; private buildings are more restricted; bathrooms and sensitive areas like doctor’s offices even more so.
We could even devise a system like Creative Commons has — A1-P1-V0 zones would allow capture of audio and photos, but not video, for example. (Or something along those lines.)
Zones could be bounded via geofencing and permissions managed via controller chips, maybe. Although it would be relatively easy to get around that, I guess, and I could see people balking at that to begin with. Enforcing permissions would be tricky, but doable in a range of ways — technology on each capturing device (like the controller chips) or in the host area (like movie theaters that use lasers to disrupt video capture of the movie screen).
I suspect it’ll only be a matter of time before we’re living in a panopticon-style world of observation and recording. Best that we start hammering away at new social norms and expectations before we crash into them.