The Data Age

Find out more about the Data Age, the world in which Everything About You is set.

How much data is generated in one day?

A million times more information than the human brain is capable of holding (over 2.5 quintillion bytes¹).

More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race. (Forbes)

Privacy is so passé

Computer vision is advancing all the time and machines can not only recognise your face, but work out from your expression how you might be feeling. Are you paying attention at school? Were you bored during the movie? Soon there will be no hiding your true feelings from the cloud, tissuesand a sad face could mean that box of tissues costs a little more…

  • This website allows people to see if their friends or partners are using Tinder, and even their last recorded location: New website lets anyone spy on Tinder users (Guardian)
  • Manoush Zomorodi, writing on the TIME website, suggests we “rethink the basic pact we’ve made — that digital connection is the only way to sustain a livelihood or connect with others and, therefore, disempowered, we must keep giving ourselves away.”

Artificial Intelligence

Computer personal assistants are already intrinsic to many businesses. We don’t quite know how to deal with automated receptionists – should we be polite out of habit, or will we lose the habit of politeness? Will we become accustomed to the idea that many functional roles are taken by robots, and start treating the dwindling number of humans in those roles with lackadaisical contempt?

What is the point of reality?

When virtual reality becomes so real it is indistinguishable from everyday life, what will be the difference? In this brilliant article, argues that real life resists our desires, whereas virtual reality is designed to satisfy them. What will humans become if we can live in a world virtual reality visorthat bends to our every whim? Why Pokémon Go is a game-changer for us all (Guardian)

Other articles and sources

Everything About You - sources

    • Artists and Machine Intelligence website is a hub of interesting articles on how computer neural networks are being developed to create art, including an exhibition of machine-created artworks in 2016.
    • I am No One by Patrick Flanery, reviewed in the Guardian, delves into a world without privacy, where prying is legitimised as ‘research’.