Google's Vinton Cerf Says: 'Privacy May Be An Anomaly'
Posted: November 21, 2013 by Emily Brown
One of Google's top futurists and the founding fathers of the internet, Vinton Cerf, described the prickly subject of privacy and our sense of entitlement to it as "an anomaly" at a gathering of the Federal Trade Commission.
What makes these words sound even 'scarier' is that they are coming from a man whose official job title at Google is Vice President/Chief Internet Evangelist and is also credited for the creation of the Internet itself, being a lead engineer on the Army's early 1970′s Internet prototype, ARPANET.
But while many of you may be appalled by the statement, most of you will agree with Cerf once we look back at history.
What we've forgotten is that until the 19th century, people lived in improvised houses that had few or no internal walls, wheres bathing was a public act. Obviously, things have changed. Privacy was created at some point in the industrial era, and then, it was again taken away with the rise of technology. Aware of the above, Cerf went on to say that he believes "it will be increasingly difficult for us to achieve privacy."
"We are gonna live through situations where some people get embarrassed, some people end up going to jail, some other people have other problems as a consequence of some of these experiences," Cerf claimed. It "is something we're gonna have to live through," he added.
That's about Cerf's point of view on privacy, feel free to either agree or disagree.