Hold Off on that Cell Phone Upgrade
1:11 PM, Jun 5, 2007 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
We're reminded so many times each day that new technology is profoundly changing the way we live. Bright people talk about how technology is empowering individuals and ad hoc networks to bring powerful institutions to heel.
In that vein, you might want to hold off on that sleek new cameraphone/IPod/Crackberry upgrade, until the bomb-sniffing version becomes available:
Undoubtedly some users would choose to shut off this function--uncomfortable with the idea of some big business or government agency tracking where they are and what they're doing. But it would only take a relatively small number of such phones to fundamentally change the way terrorists think. As long as there was a reasonable chance of being detected while preparing a biological, chemical, or nuclear attack, they would have to alter their approach.