Two very interesting articles crossed my computer screen recently.
You’ve heard of people being asexual, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, metrosexual… how about datasexual?
A Huffington Post story says you’re a datasexual if you have an obsession with your personal data.
You know the type: people who can’t sneeze without telling the world on Facebook, who photograph everything and share the pictures with everyone, who tweet more than they eat.
Datasexuals are creating and sharing massive amounts personal data online and on their mobile devices
And then there is this:
Kopimism, a Swedish religion professing that people should be free to copy and distribute all information, regardless of copyright or trademarks, has landed on America’s shores — much like a marauding pirate ship, according to a report by U.S. News.
An American branch of the religion, which has been formally recognized by the Swedish government and has congregations in18 countries, has registered with Illinois and is filing for federal recognition, according to Christopher Carmean, a 25-year-old student at the University of Chicago and head of the first U.S. cell.
“Data is what we are made of, data is what defines our life, and data is how we express ourselves,” Carmean tells U.S. News. “Forms of copying, remixing, and sharing enhance the quality of life for all who have access to them. Attempts to hinder sharing are antithetical to our data-driven existence.”
My question is, are these just fads, or indicators of the future? As we see the internet and computers more and more integrate into our lives, will our religions and our personal habits be more and more defined by our relationship with information sharing? Are we seeing the beginning of a time when people have computer chips inserted into their nervous system and becoming more or less a data point in a world that is always, intimately, connected with everything and everyone else?
And what happens to our family pets, then? Hmmm…