Combining different sets of information together into one circle account

When Mae said she want all the people have to vote through the circle account and all the data are bond to circle account, its basically taking government position. Once this plan is actualized, most people working for government agencies will lose job. There will  be no need to have a physically place provided for people to vote. Information collection jobs will also disappear.


This company tried to combine all kinds of information into one data base, so it will beat all the other data base companies, and data mining companies. Because too many features are implemented into one camera, all other camera companies will have no market space and will bankrupt. Just like what happened to Eastman Kodak Company.[1] When digital camera invented, it completely beats those cameras with photographic plate. The whole photographic plate industry gone because of digital camera.

In the movie, all the companies involved in camera production, data collection, data mining, etc, will be badly effected and most of them will bankrupt. All the jobs in these companies will disappear.

[1]: “Kodak ditches digital camera business”. CNN. February 9, 2012.



Errors, Failures, and Risks

During her broadcasting, it accidentally record Mae’s parents having sex

People can be totally transparent, but things like going bathroom should be well protected. However, sometimes, people might forget to turn off the cameras and cause embarrassment. A better system could be invent to auto detecting what people are doing and turn itself off when its recording people in bathroom etc.

Using soul search on Mercer and it kills him

When everyone looking for Mercer, he was overreacting and accidentally drive the car off the bridge. When everyone becomes transparent, some individual might don’t like this. They don’t want other’s attention. However, once everyone is transparent, massive of information will be posted, general public will put their attention on those important people what they are interested not people like Mercer. Without Mae’s presentation, he will never get world’s attention.

In this movie, this technology is shown as perfect and flawlessly. We mainly shows the errors, failures, and risks in the human computer interaction aspect. However, in real world, a perfect system never exists. There always some way that can be improved and some vulnerabilities that cause system not reliable as shown.

Intellectual Property

Sharing Memories:

In Mae’s speech, she says not sharing memories/experiences is stealing, but the memories of the individual are the intellectual property of the individual. It might not be fair to say not sharing is stealing, but sharing experiences does benefits the society. If everyone is sharing his or her experiences, it would help by improving the efficiency  of the society since experiences are building up and no one needs to start from scratch in doing something. Sharing personal memories and experiences also lets everyone getting closer to each other.

Information Collection and Aggregation:

During the movie there were two major forms of technology that worked to collect and aggregate user data. True You was used voluntarily by the populace as data aggregation platform for a wide variety of of personal accounts. This ultimately has no inference in Intellectual Property because the individuals seed consent for usage of information and the assumptions that can be made from it, to the Circle when signing up for the service.

However, the second form of technology was the SeeChange Cameras. These cameras could be and were placed everywhere to constantly collect and aggregate data, based on the areas they video tape. If we assume all of these cameras are placed so that they view public property, where there is no reasonable assumption of privacy then it is not a violation of the individual’s rights to have their pictures taken. Therefore, then any cameras placed properly would not violate the rights of an individual. While these images cannot be used for monetary gain without consent, the images are not being used for gain, but for public data collection. Therefore, the cameras do violate the intellectual property of the individuals being videotaped.

Freedom of Speech

Senator Williamson is investigated by the FBI after she openly against the Circle by saying it may have violated the antitrust law. However this is not the fault of the technology. Instead, it is Eamon Bailey’s improper use of his power that leads to the result. If everyone goes transparent, including people like Bailey, it would be hard for this kind of thing to happen again.