No, We Cannot Learn to Live with this Privacy Paradigm

Or more generally, “No, We Cannot Learn to Live with this new X in cyberspace”.

This is an argument I hear way too often:

Well, we will get used to X like we got use to Y and Z.

—A Concerned Citizen

For a long time I thought this way as well ; after all we learned to live with other technology, right? What makes you think we can’t learn to live with this new thing(™)?

But there is a fundamentaly different point of view to be aware of here, and very important: this new thing(™) is driven by technology advancing exponentially. Computer processing power from 1960 to today has gone up about a trillion times.

Nothing new that we had, had improve at this rate. No matter how amazing you think the human brain is, we simply cannot keep up.