(So wanted to write iBacon there... )
Once again, Wired magazine sacrifices reason on the Altar of Ain't-It-Kewl. I guess / kinda know it ain't their place to make moral judgements about the use of Tech, but sometimes I... nnngh... aghhh... wish they'd... gnnnh... *ungnashes teeth*
Ah, forget it.
Again, there's this ongoing neutral-tech-narrative about 'convenience', the "invisibility of digital infrastructure" (aka the hazy, gauzey, non-really-real-ness of The Cloud), 'ease of interoperabiliy', 'seemlessness', "we're making this tech, so you don't have to think about things..." >>>>> which dovetails into the emergent "Intelligent City" Storyline - "Wouldn't it just be so fantastic if everything talked to everything else?" --- blahblahblah: "fantastic / convenient for who exactly?" is one of the first questions ppl should be asking themselves, but generally don't seem to worry or think about much. Life's just too hard / hectic / busy and this shiney interface is just so niiiiice... nice and cute.
Micro-Gestural Spectacle. Web 2.0 Distractives. The Intangibility of Infrastructure. Ghostfarms.
It's enough to turn a fella into a Stacktivist !!
Well, you know, of course I'm interested / excited by the idea of Open-Source iBeacon equivalents - jazzed by the subversive / fun-potential in the Co-Tethering of the Digital and the Physical - (tho, as an idea, GeoLocative Art is sooo last-decade (even tho, I bet, most ppl have never encountered or even heard of it)) - or, even better, Portalling / Conduiting / Tunnelling (has anyone even named this yet?) between the two -- bu-u-u-ut:
"...gizmos that continually beam out a Bluetooth signal... [...] ...transmitters that open the physical world to our digital devices..." - beacons that perpetually triangulate and geolocate us - whether we want them to or not?
Gosh, what could possibly go wrong?