Big brother is watching, and that’s not going away anytime soon.
Whether we like it or not, our personal lives will continue to get a lot less private. Even though there are government bodies out there dedicated to privacy, the fact that most people are connected to the internet 24/7 via smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops mean that services we use will have unprecedented access to information about us and/or the things we do in our daily lives.
Placeme is a cool, yet creepy application that gives us a glimpse into our always-connected future. Developed by Alohar Mobile, Placeme is the ultimate life tracking application for Android and iOS devices which requires little to no input from the user. Placeme runs in the background, and tracks almost literally everything you do; from recording the route you take to work to noting the places you go to, Placeme keeps an exhaustive log of your every activity. And because it doesn’t require check ins
Placeme stores the information in an encrypted manner on its servers, and vows not to share the information with outside sources. So what exactly does Placeme do for you that warrants having such an application on your device?
Not a heck of a lot, yet, though according to Alohar Mobile CEO Sam Liang, Placeme has the power to become a truly powerful and smart personal assistant. Imagine your phone knowing what your standard work hours are, then scanning your route home for current traffic information. If it finds a quicker way, it could alert you to take the alternate route, then automatically link up to your navigation software to guide you.
Soon, our phones will truly go the extra mile to make our lives easier, and all you have to give up is a little bit of privacy. Of course, these extra services would have to cost money or Alohar Mobile will have to monetize somehow, as nobody is in the business to simply give things away.
I’m honestly a bit reluctant to give Placeme a shot until I learn more about their overall strategy. Sure, having a truly smart personal assistant is an awesome idea and would greatly help me organize my life, but giving up personal privacy makes me a bit uneasy. Are you trying out Placeme? Sound off in the comments.