On the other hand, the flood of telemetry we can expect from wearables, smart appliances, and all kinds of clever gizmos not yet invented is going to make technology a magnitude more useful. The Internet of things is the next wave. Coupled with big data processing, it will inevitably make any discussion of privacy — which, after all, former Sun CEO Scott McNealy declared dead in 1999 — seem quaint.
McNealy, by the way, was right: He meant that credit card companies and old-school credit agencies like Equifax or Experian already have a huge amount of information about you. I'm just not quite ready to let go of every last detail about my personal life, including a complete history of where I go. Are you?