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The Consequences of Baltimore and Body Cameras

Matt Kelly | May 4, 2015

Some day in the future—hopefully after I am long dead—everyone will have body cameras implanted directly into their persons. Everyone will have an indisputable record of everything they do, all the time.

If you want to ponder the implications of that world, look no further than Black Mirror, a brilliant British television drama that imagines what our tech-dependent life might look like in the future—and inevitably, it doesn’t look nice. The episode “The Entire History of You” depicts a world where everyone has implanted body cameras that let you replay and re-examine every moment of your life. I won’t spoil the plot here, but you’ll be so unsettled by the end of the episode that you’ll want either to pour yourself a stiff drink or to scrub yourself clean in the shower.

Why? Because as much as we all talk about personal body cameras as a powerful...

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