For those who enjoy looking back on the small, often inconsequential details of their lives, a Japanese company has come up with a “Big Brother” mobile network that steps in where human memory fails.
Japan's number-two telecom operator, KDDI Corp, has said that it has developed a server that keeps a record of the smallest events in a person's electronic life and lets others sift through them.
“Lifelog Pod” notes down every activity a person does through a cellphone or computer, including taking photographs, reading barcodes, searching for a restaurant, listening to music, organizing travel or managing money.
While some may hate the thought of an omniscient network, the company said it could be a way to make friends.
Users can learn with whom else their friends talk to or look through companions' data -- but not areas protected by passwords -- to get to know their interests.
“This ‘Lifelog' server is a big opportunity to widen your social network,” a KDDI spokesman said. “Your information is connected to that of your friend, and that of his friend, and so on and so forth.”
In this country of cellphones where online communities grow daily, cellphone users can also put their blogs onto the common server.
Only people who have a common connection -- such as a mutual friend -- will be able to access each other's data, with complete strangers unable to enter the system.
“It is simply that ... those who are connected have to expect to be open to many people,” the spokesman said.
日本第二大電信業者 KDDI Corp 表示，已發展出能保存個人電子生活細微末節的伺服器，並且供他人詳閱。
1. inconsequential adj.
不重要的 (bu2 zhong4 yao4 de5)
例: Tell me only what's important, not inconsequential details.
2. sift v.i. /v.t.
細究(xi4 jiu4)、詳看(xiang2 kan4)
例: Sift through my old clothes and take what you like.
3. omniscient adj.
全知的 (quan2 zhi1 de5)
例: Kevin may know a lot of things, but no one is omniscient.
4. mutual adj.
相互的 (xiang1 hu4 de5)
例: We have a mutual agreement not to interfere with each other's business.