Ray Hammond shares some questions and insights on wearables, privacy and human rights.
Humans have just started collecting physiological data about themselves. Wearable health and fitness devices stream such data back to device manufacturers, but what happens to the information? What rights do you have over this valuable property and as more devices add GPS tracking, who should have a log of your movements? Should employers be allowed to access your sleep pattern data? Should wearables be used to track children, the elderly, hospital patients and offenders? If so, who has access to the data and how are our human rights affected?
Ray Hammond is Europe’s most experienced, most successful and most widely published futurologist.
For over 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future. His clients include many of the world’s biggest companies, such as Apple, GE, IBM, MasterCard, HSBC, Barclaycard, McKinsey, Intel, Samsung, SAP, Adobe, Siemens, Dow Chemicals, Intel, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Microsoft, Cisco, Accenture, etc.
A best-selling author, Ray has written 16 books about the future, the first of which was published in 1982. Most notably, his 1984 work, THE ONLINE HANDBOOK, was the world’s first book to describe the commercial potential of the internet and to identify the importance of “search”. The book he is currently working on is called SMART BODIES: How Digital Technology Will Transform Your Health.
At a ceremony in Italy in 2010 former President Mikhail Gorbachev presented him with a United Nations Gold Medal for “services to futurology”.