Brin (was Re: Capitalism)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 08:11:16 -0700 (PDT)

Dan Fabulich [] wrote:
>The impression I got was that Brin thinks encryption will be pointless when
>one can maneuver a fly-sized camera into your home and watch you type in
>the cleartext of your message before you have a chance to encrypt it.

Which merely means the paranoid will wear head-mounted displays and write by selecting letters or words with eye-movements, or something similarly hard to see. And a few years later we'll be performing encryption and decryption on hardware attached directly to the brain. In any case, finding me and sending in a thousand fly-sized cameras to read what I'm typing is much, much, much harder than scanning my plaintext email for keywords at some centralised server... and as others have pointed out, we'd also be able to see exactly what the government is doing, so we'd know that they were sending these cameras around.

Brin's society is a paranoid fantasy which cannot work without stopping new technological developments and becoming a police state that would make 1984 look like utopia.