I find the prospect of documented lives a little chilling, but some people will warm to the idea. One reason for documenting a life will be defensive. If someone ever accused you of something, you could retort: "Hey, buddy, I have a documented life . . . I can play back anything I've ever said. So don't play games with me."
BILL GATES, THE ROAD AHEAD
There are some things man was not meant to know.
H. P. LOVECRAFT
Privacy is not the only reason that people are frantic to control information. An even stronger motive stirs bitter efforts to dominate streams and reservoirs of data, not only on the Internet but wherever else the tributaries lead. That motive is revenue.
It has become fashionable to call information the "money of the future," a new take on the old adage that knowledge is power. Perceiving a potential for profit, corporations and individuals are now laying claim to all sorts of facts, as well as strings of words, bits, or sounds. Thus we see professional sports leagues attempting to assert exclusive property over game