In this age of Social media, new media, we are all rightfully worried about our Identity, and Data Privacy. I have been watching an Amazon Prime production, a multi-part series called “The Person of Interest”, where this is this machine that is built to watch everyone and every activity that everyone does online and offline (using security cameras), and many other technologies. In this story, the machine is built to predict acts of terrorism, but it also predicts almost every crime that is likely to take place. A secret team uses the information to stop the perpetrator or to save the Victim. Very Gripping, but surreal.
It tells us that we are all being watched all the time. Most of us know it, also have experienced it, when sometimes “Siri” or Alexa” picks up a casual conversation you are having in your living room, and the next thing you are flashed an advertisement of a relevant product makes us realize how “digitally connected” we are, and the same time, we speak, act and do things without being fully conscious that we are being watched all the time. Well, it is impossible to lead a normal life, if we were that “Conscious” of being watched!
On the other hand, watched a rather strange series on Netflix, called the “Unabomber”, a multi-part serial, claims to be a true story, of an Individual who detests everything from the Industrial Revolution to the current age of being natively digital. He writes a manifesto, typed on an old typewriter about his thoughts on everything bad that has happened after the Industrial revolution, Computers, and the Internet. He commits crimes to draw people’s attention to the impact of a “new way of life”. His tipping point was when he realized that he was tending to a small garden at the edge of the woods, and when he went back the next day, he found that the woods were completely flattened by monster machines. That is when he flips and starts to commit crimes.
Comparing and contrasting the two stories and trying to draw parallels, and trying to find the “right balance” between the two extreme thought processes, and belief systems, the “rights” and the “wrongs” has been very challenging to me.
However, I realized that the core concepts from these two completely contrasting stories can be great lessons. For me, it was an interesting learning experience, and I would love to use it in an educational setting. Has to be told differently to different age groups.
I hope we will have an opportunity to design interesting learning experiences around it.