Within a few years time, in any part of the world where there is a cellular data connection you’ll be able to point camera phone at someone’s face and know within a reasonable time-frame and level of certainty who they are, their history and their history of interactions. And the same goes for them of you.
The question is: who is pointing the camera?
Who are they sharing with?
And what motivates them?
The age of the impartial observer is dead.
We agree. Which makes us wonder why the Editor of our Society’s official journal still insists on saying things like this:
In a world full of shrill voices and agendas, we at National Geographic are committed to an unbiased presentation of facts. … It’s what we’ve been doing for more than 120 years.
— Chris Johns, Editor of National Geographic
≡ photo of Jan Chipchase via Fortune