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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Google CEO Believes That in the Future, We May Be Automatically Allowed to Change Our Names to Escape Online Past

Eric Schmidt talked to the Wall Street Journal:

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” he says. He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.

(Would that even be enough to escape online detectives or future AIs which compare portrait photos, analyze a person’s defining sentence structures and word usage, their location, social network connections and so on?)

[Thanks TomHTML!]


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