The Currency

Apple and the Self-Surveillance State

Paul Krugman, for the NYTimes:

So, here’s my pathetic version of a grand insight: wearables like the Apple watch actually serve a very different function — indeed, almost the opposite function — from that served by previous mobile devices. A smartphone is useful mainly because it lets you keep track of things; wearables will be useful mainly because they let things keep track of you.

This is where the biggest software paradigm shift is going to happen with wearables. For a lot of apps, usefulness will not be measured in interactions “based on seconds instead of minutes”, but rather the lack thereof.

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