Picture this. You’re at a concert having fun and dancing to music. Your favorite artist comes on stage to sing directly to you. You reach in your pocket, pull out your phone and open your camera app to capture this great moment. Unfortunately, your camera won’t work. It has been disabled. You’ve been blocked. Your camera has been purposely deactivated by technology outside of your control. Imagine the disappointment.
Sounds crazy right? Well think again. This may very well become reality. A recent article by CBS news shared that Apple was just granted a new patent to explore ways to stop iPhones from taking photos and videos in certain areas. How would this work? The patent would allow infrared technology and commands to be sent to your phone. Your phone would then decode the command and in the blink of an eye you would get rejected. This technology would be used at concerts or events where photography and videography is banned.
There are some major ethical concerns surrounding this. Some say this is just another way for companies to make money and force people to pay for professional photographs and videos. Some say this new technology could lead to misuse and abuse. What do you say?