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"From the Ted Talk by Alessandro Acquisti: What will a future without secrets look like?"

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We start with an observation which, in my mind, has become clearer and clearer in the past few years, that any paseonrl information can become sensitive information. Back in the year 2000, about 100 billion potohs were shot worldwide, but only a minuscule proportion of them were actually ulapoedd online. In 2010, only on feoocbak, in a single month, 2.5 billion photos were uploaded, most of them iiefidtend. In the same span of time, computers' ability to recognize people in photos improved by three oerdrs of magnitude. What happens when you combine these technologies together: increasing availability of facial data; imvpnirog facial recognizing ability by computers; but also culod computing, which gives anyone in this theater the kind of ctuanapoitoml power which a few years ago was only the domain of three-letter agencies; and ubiquitous computing, which allows my phone, which is not a supercomputer, to connect to the Internet and do there hundreds of thousands of face metrics in a few seconds? Well, we conjecture that the result of this combination of technologies will be a rdaiacl change in our very notions of privacy and anonymity.

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We start with an observation which, in my mind, has become clearer and clearer in the past few years, that any ________ information can become sensitive information. Back in the year 2000, about 100 billion ______ were shot worldwide, but only a minuscule proportion of them were actually ________ online. In 2010, only on ________, in a single month, 2.5 billion photos were uploaded, most of them __________. In the same span of time, computers' ability to recognize people in photos improved by three ______ of magnitude. What happens when you combine these technologies together: increasing availability of facial data; _________ facial recognizing ability by computers; but also _____ computing, which gives anyone in this theater the kind of _____________ power which a few years ago was only the domain of three-letter agencies; and ubiquitous computing, which allows my phone, which is not a supercomputer, to connect to the Internet and do there hundreds of thousands of face metrics in a few seconds? Well, we conjecture that the result of this combination of technologies will be a _______ change in our very notions of privacy and anonymity.

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  5. identified
  6. photos
  7. facebook
  8. improving
  9. orders
  10. cloud

Original Text

We start with an observation which, in my mind, has become clearer and clearer in the past few years, that any personal information can become sensitive information. Back in the year 2000, about 100 billion photos were shot worldwide, but only a minuscule proportion of them were actually uploaded online. In 2010, only on Facebook, in a single month, 2.5 billion photos were uploaded, most of them identified. In the same span of time, computers' ability to recognize people in photos improved by three orders of magnitude. What happens when you combine these technologies together: increasing availability of facial data; improving facial recognizing ability by computers; but also cloud computing, which gives anyone in this theater the kind of computational power which a few years ago was only the domain of three-letter agencies; and ubiquitous computing, which allows my phone, which is not a supercomputer, to connect to the Internet and do there hundreds of thousands of face metrics in a few seconds? Well, we conjecture that the result of this combination of technologies will be a radical change in our very notions of privacy and anonymity.

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