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Scott Adams Says Plenty Would Choose Life In Noprivacyville 467

Posted by timothy
from the depends-on-the-neighbors dept.
LoLobey writes "On the other end of the spectrum from Richard Stallman, Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) speculates upon the advantages of living in a town with no privacy whatsoever. Everyone gets chipped and tracked online. 'Although you would never live in a city without privacy, I think that if one could save 30% on basic living expenses, and live in a relatively crime-free area, plenty of volunteers would come forward.'"
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Scott Adams Says Plenty Would Choose Life In Noprivacyville

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  • What 30%? (Score:4, Informative)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @08:19AM (#35502208) Journal
    You know these grocery store frequent buyer card? The one that knocks a grand 25 cents off for a loaf of bread? People happily use them. And the grocery store knows every thing you buy to eat, most of them also serve as pharmacies, so they can even send you a 2$ off coupon for lipitor once the total amount of high calorie beef you have eaten passes a threshold. They know your address, your credit card numbers, when you stopped refilling pills prescription, when you bought pre natal vitamins, when to send 1$ off coupon for a case of diapers for newborns.

    I think Scott is over estimating the discount needed to get a large group of volunteers to move to Fishbowlville.

  • Thought experiment (Score:4, Informative)

    by wjousts (1529427) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @08:51AM (#35502566)

    Before everybody get's their panties in a bunch, the key line from TFA is this:

    This is just an economic thought experiment.

    So don't take it too seriously. Scott Adams isn't proposing this as a good idea, attacking your privacy or making excuses for attacking your privacy. He set up a premise and explored what he thinks the consequences might be. You can disagree with his conclusions, but try and keep some perspective.

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