In short: that specific attitude. I was an early adopter when it came to a lot of health and fitness tracking (I think I tried all the first-generation mainstream fitness trackers.) So my position doesn’t come from being a luddite, but this has made me think about the edges here.
When it comes to biohacking, I might be tempted myself, if I had a bit more programming and security knowledge in that area. You should be able to do whatever you want with your body. But data from implants should not be shared with larger organisations, be it the corporation that collects data from the device, or the employer who encourages you to get implants so they can track you.
It’s a nuanced question: should we not try any technology that could be potentially harmful? If it’s a technology that is only going to affect us as individuals, then maybe that’s our decision to make. But as people who are early adopters and advocates for new technology, we need to look beyond the exciting and shiny into the real-world societal implications. Anyone with technical knowledge should be questioning the use of any new technology, as those profiting from it usually aren’t.
This kind of technology certainly shouldn’t be piloted in the workplace. By all means give people free implants and the ability to track their own working habits, keeping ownership and control of their data. But sharing that data with the employer is clearly an irresponsible use of technology? Am I alone in thinking this?