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Saturday, December 11, 2004

'Body Area Networks' in 2020?
This is almost certain, according to Ian Pearson, a futurologist working for British Telecom. In fifteen years, local area networks will be replaced by body area networks. As writes BBC News Online, "when technology gets personal," you can expect a "pervasive ambient world" where "chips are everywhere."

Not only we'll be surrounded by intelligent objects in the streets, but we'll wear clothes made of nano-engineered smart fabrics or we'll carry implants. Pearson thinks that we'll use wearable technology that runs on body heat such as intelligent electronic contact lenses functioning as TV screens when we are in the subway for instance.

Of course, this raises interesting questions about our privacy. Pearson adds that security should be integrated into the design of these future devices. He's obviously right, but as usually, making money will always have a higher priority than protecting privacy. This overview contains more details and references.
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