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The Ultimate Social Network

Sander Duivestein
October 09, 2012

“It has been two years since the Bentham grid has gone online in New York City. It was a technological marvel. The grid takes all those things unique to you. Your social security number, your passport, your debit and credit accounts and links them to one thing. Your DNA. With just a touch the grid collects a tiny sample of your genetic material, ID-ing you instantly. Then a purchase can be deducted from your personal accounts or you can unlock and start your car. And it all works within a margin of error of 0.001 percent. The ultimate social netwerk. No cash has to change hands, no ID cards have to be shown, no keys have to be carried. Today you can´t do anything in New York City without the Grid knowing who you are and where you are.” But what happens with privacy if everything can be traced back to your DNA? Is visibility a trap? Is this kind of world a dystopia or a utopia?

About the author

Trend Watcher – New Media, Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society.


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