Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban believes that sometime soon, we will be living in a world far darker than the one depicted in the movie, Minority Report. The sci-fi thriller that stars Tom Cruise, shows us Washington D.C. in 2054, a city where crime has been all but eliminated.
In the movie, supposed murderers are arrested before they commit their crimes, as psychics, using advanced technology, are used to predict the future. The problem? Humans can manipulate the system to have whoever they want arrested for murder. And they do. In the end, the program is shut down, and all those convicted of “pre-crimes” are released. Cuban warns that we will experience this scenario, except to a far greater degree. He believes our very freedom will be in jeopardy.
Cuban argues that “profiles” will be created based on what we post to social media. Data is already being collected, and software is being used by companies to determine what you will do next, he states.
Government and businesses will use the “profiles” to determine who is dangerous, who they should hire, who may be mentally unstable, etc. Based on the future he describes, this could lead to citizens being denied the right to purchase firearms if their “profile(s)” are similar to those who have committed crimes, or who had mental health issues, and so on.
Businesses could determine that a person isn’t a right fit for their company based on the individual’s political ideology, faith, interests, etc. Government could determine individuals are a threat to society, and possibly detain them. Decisions would be based on information gathered from the entire history of a person’s social media activity. The profile created would define the person, completely.
Cuban believes that in order to avoid this nightmare scenario, individuals should wipe all of their social media posts from time to time. He also suggests that users be aware of who they are “friends” with online, and what kinds of things they re-post from others. All of this data can and will be used, he warns.
Being active on social media, I know exactly what Cuban is talking about. Ever made a post (or several) late at night that you came to regret the next day? Maybe you’d had a few drinks. Maybe you said something in anger. Something inappropriate. Oh yeah, many of us have been there. Whatever. Most of us go back & delete the offending posts the next morning.
It would probably be wise to take Cuban’s advice, and be careful what you post, who you re-Tweet, share, etc. Delete your posts from time to time, and be aware of who you “friend.” In the future, it could all come back and bite you in the proverbial a**.
Watch Cuban’s video below & let us know what you think in the comment section.