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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 10

Trust and Privacy in an Augmented World

Contributed by JP Rangaswami

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

Ernest Hemingway

Trust Is Connected

There was a time when I knew everyone who lived near me. The Calcutta (these days it’s called Kolkata) I grew up in was like that; residential areas had very little turnover, people lived (and died) in houses where their family had lived for decades, sometimes centuries. Very rarely, someone moved, because of rites of passage, and someone new would enter that fragment of society. Long before that happened, everyone else would know everything there was to know about the neighbours-to-be. How many of them there were. Where they were coming from. Why here and ...

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