Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Uber-futuristic transparent walls: what are the implications for privacy?

MessyWiper says,

"My company is developing an experimental new silica-based building material that may someday be used to create super-thin transparent walls, which would permit direct viewing of objects or persons on the other side, as if the viewer possessed superman-like x-ray vision. It would also allow people to see outside without having to open a door. Here's a picture I snapped from our top-secret outdoor laboroatory showing two of our engineers installing a prototype."
Wow. Just. Wow. I agree that this is extraordinary, in a very jaw-dropping way, but I worry about what this could mean for privacy in the future. We must proceed with caution.

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