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Are We Ready for Satellites That See Our Every Move?consider the ethical implications of satellites that see every move

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'Technology to clearly see something as small as a coffee mug — or smaller — should not be taken lightly. Little can be done to combat or hide from cameras virtually invisible from the ground. No one consents to being imaged from space -- no laws prevent your property from being captured by commercial satellites. When Trump tweeted an image of Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center in August, amateur satellite trackers were shocked by the image’s high resolution.  Not only did thesatellite’s size, location and orbit match the vantage point of the image, but only such a state-of-the-art satellite could possibly capture details like the clear Persian writing on the launchpad’s edge.  We are not ready for the ethical boundaries this invasion of privacy will cross.'
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The image in my quicklink is a GPS satellite ...pretty useful !.But, as the author says: " I believe in the tremendous power of satellite data. I use imagery to detect potential archaeological sites, which I then survey or excavate; it allows us to see everything from buried Viking wallsto entire city maps in Egypt. The technology has enabled scientists to track the burning of therain forests in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru; the melting of polar icecaps and potential collapses of penguin colonies; and images before and after tsunamis, which can be used for relief fund-raising."

"Yet I also imagine a dystopian not-so-distant future where we can direct very high-resolution satellites to any point on Earth, easily identifying a person's location or activities. Who will have access to this data? The police? Politicians looking for dirt on their opponents, or angry spouses with a vendetta? How will this data be used in courts and who can be trusted to interpret it? The thought of potential misuses is chilling."

I agree!

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 3:41:39 PM

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I avoid The New York Times for much the same reason that I avoid FaceBook. I do not trust them.

Submitted on Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 2:51:42 AM

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Since the discovery of fire, the inhabitants of Earth have had the choice to use technology for beneficial purposes and sharing or for greed, power and evil.

And I'm allowing for mistakes and accidents. (unintended consequences)

BUT: Whether it's the NYT or Ed Snowden reporting, I think it's safe to say advanced satellite technology will be used for ugly purposes..against ordinary global citizens. Apologies to the archeologists of the world.

Corruption/oppression is the game of the Age and decent people are losing the game.

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 11:24:53 PM

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