A man, adjust his pants while walking down the street at night.

When I was a hyper self-conscious teenager, I wouldn’t dare adjust any part of my clothing in public. Now, half a century later, I couldn’t care less who is looking at me and why. Self-consciousness means something else and feeling embarrassed faded when I became a parent. I also think, sidestepping electronic surveillance, we are looked at far less than we believe. 

My fear, however, is that, when combined with Artificial Intelligence, being surveilled will become something harmful. Being seen will mean being judged. When sight, ideology and law collide, less powerful people can be hurt by more powerful people who control the systems of merit integral to freedom, survival and prosperity. 


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