OPINION: I submit to robot overthrow


Photo via President of Russia website (http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/8149)

Prime Minister (then president) of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, visits Apple Inc. and meets with Steve Jobs in the summer of 2010. Apple is a major company that has the ability to data mine into any and all of our personal records and information found on our phones, and I’m okay with that.

Abri Hausman, Op-ed Editor

Lately with the influx of the home assistance gadgets, there are many people that are creeped out by the thought of them listening at all times. Personally, I welcome it.

The whole idea of Big Brother from George Orwell’s ‘1984’ can happen at any moment — if it’s not already happening now.”

— Op-ed Editor Abri Hausman

The whole idea of Big Brother from George Orwell’s “1984” (great book by the way, highly recommend it) can happen at any moment — if it’s not already happening now.

It is such an imminent threat that I wouldn’t really be able to do any meaningful actions to prevent it, so why not let it happen?

I understand this is a unique viewpoint and it may be insane to some people, but I’ve come to mutual understanding that I will allow these companies to gather sensitive information about me in order to make my current life easier.

I mean, I bought a Google Pixel phone so I’ve pretty much just surrendered my life to Google. It knows everywhere I will be, at any time, for how long, and who I’m with.

It’s partly because I like to have an organized chaos in my life, and to do that and still stay somewhat sane I need my phone to assist me in every way possible.

If you’ve ever seen the “I can’t live without my phone” trope, just know that I am the living embodiment of it. Not because I need social media all the time, but I document my entire life, so that I don’t have to remember all things at all times.

And since these handy-dandy Chromebooks were issued to all of us, I’ve just gotten even more efficient about putting everything on Google. In the last year, I have gained 2GB of data on my Google Drive, and I’ve had to actually reason with myself if I should pay the $2 a month for 100GB for my personal Google Drive.

I feel like my generation is more at peace with letting our entire lives be controlled by technology, because we’ve just always grown up with it.

Besides, I don’t think big corporations have any use for a bunch of Gen Zs that are driving straight ahead into crippling debt from student loans.

So you know what, I would so much rather let Google control my life by telling me where I have to go, what I have to do, and keeping up with any and all responsibilities for the next five years before Big Brother actually becomes a reality and we all crumble into a dystopian society.

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