Client/Seller Architectures for secure Quality of Life (QoL)
Copyright, left, and center (c),
Steve Mann Corporation, Assistant Mailroom Clerk of EXISTech Corporation,
April 1, 2001.
I always found it strange why individuals so willingly
acquiesce to the mechanized
invasions of privacy caused by video surveillance, or being
asked for ID, yet the same people become
angered when overtly photographed by an individual
weilding a handheld camera, or being asked for ID by an individual person.
To resolve this seemingly strange paradox, I have experimented
with making myself into a corporation, with its own body-worn
video surveillance cameras, etc., for the protection of its body's property.
What I have learned is that if I can
abandon (or appear to abandon) my autonomy, by becoming
a corporation, I have much greater freedom.
In particular, I discovered that if I am bound by external forces of
policy and procedure (as is typical of a corporation), I can be, in some
ways, much more free.
To explore this concept, I recently founded a federally incorporated company
(EXISTech Corporation) and appointed myself as Assistant Mailroom Clerk,
so that I could be bound to certain freedoms afforded by self-demotion
from President and CEO, down to the level of Clerk.
But let me start from the beginning.
Back in the 1970s I came up with what seemed, at the time, a crazy
invention, comprised of a body worn photographic computer apparatus.
During my more than twenty years of wearing this invention,
I have gained some interesting insight into how people regard
photographic ideaology, especially in places that:
(See for example,
In particular, what struck me most oddly, was that I could often get away with
taking pictures in places such as department stores and shopping malls
where photography was strictly prohibited, even
if I could not conceal the apparatus of the invention.
(The apparatus has evolved
over the past 20 years in various embodiments and has only been
made completely covert in this past decade.)
- use video surveillance extensively throughout their establishment;
- prohibit any kind of photography or video capture by persons entering
that very same establishment.
The early cumbersome versions of the apparatus were far
from covert (in fact they looked somewhat hideous by today's standards
of miniaturization). They certainly attracted far more attention
than even a large hand held camera. Yet the
facilitated something I came to call
Incidentalist image capture
is image capture that appears to be occurring merely by
chance or without intention or calculation.
My camera apparatus was wearoperable (e.g. worn in a manner
that it could operate at any time), so that a person such as a
department store security guard, could not readily discren
whether the apparatus was actually taking a picture.
To ask such a question, the security guards at times seemed paranoid,
and in fact posing such a question began to scratch the soft underbelly
of something very interesting indeed.
Recently, in 1995, I built a version of the apparatus having the
appearance of normal sunglasses. In 1996 I built a full color version of
the appratus having appearance of normal eyewear, and finally in 1998 made a
version that was reproducible by students in my Pesonal Cybernetics class.
So the apparatus is totally covert, and I had great fun shooting
my documentary video in gambling casinos, department stores, and other
places where video surveillance is used by the regime, yet photography and
video are prohibited by individuals. (Such establishments amount to
what Simon Davies refers to as totalitarian regimes.)
So what next?
I've been recently experimenting with deliberately making the cameras
more visible, so that they are very obvious, while at the same time
cameras that echo the decor of the establishments and
organizations that become my experimental subjects.
What I found most remarkable and interesting about these experiments,
is that if I further incorporated the apparatus into a company uniform,
or externalized the locus of control,
was that I could be empowered even more by this form of self-demotion.
Thus, in addition to an incidentalist nature of the apparatus, if it
were seen as a corporate uniform (e.g. so that I was just a clerk
running errands and stopping off at a department store), I could,
in plain obvious sight, capture images, and even have a wearable
flash lamp to make it very obvious I was doing so.
The result of this research has been to produce a set of forms that can
be used by others to reproduce some of these results.
These forms represent a kind of
reflectionist philosophy in which the individual mirrors the
establishment (e.g. holding up a mirror to society), while at the same
time creating a kind of symmetrical structure in reverse.
Thus employees of EXISTech Corporation are required to photograph everyone they
have business relationships with, and at the same time, ironically,
require persmission from Head Office prior to allowing themselves to be
photographed by others (e.g. for ID cards or the like).
- EXISTech's employees who appear in the media (television, newspaper,
etc.) must obtain a signed
Subjectrights (s) Agreement Form
from content creators prior to their interview.
- The Accountability Theatre
required following this
Health Accountability policy.
- Subsequently, a
has been prepared, for all employees of
EXISTech Corporation. As an Assistant Mailroom Clerk of EXISTech Corp.,
I am required to follow policy and procedure with respect to administering
this new form.
- As an employee of EXISTech Corporation you will be required to photograph
anyone that you do business with. If anyone objects to having had their
picture taken, they may file a
Request for Deletion Form 698
- Employees of EXISTech Corporation are forbidden from being photographed
without prior authorization from head office. Your EXISTech Corporation
Employee ID Card should suffice for most business interactions.
If you are required to obtain additional identification from others,
they must agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of EXISTech's
Humanistic Property License Agrement (HPLA).
- Employees of EXISTech Corporation are not permitted to expose themselves
to radiation above a certain level. In particular, devices at the exits
of many department stores expose persons to large quantities of radiation
causing malfunction of wearable computers and other related equipment.
Even when not wearing computers, the exposure is not allowed.
Employees of EXISTech Corporation are required to walk around the
devices. If a department store security guard or staff
requires an EXISTech
employee to walk through such a device on exit of the department store,
that security guard or department store staff person must sign a
Radiation Exposure Request
and assume personal liability
for any damage that might result, real or perceived, to the EXISTech
employee or his or her body-worn apparatus.
Here are three forms (forms A, B, and C) pertaining to being searched:
All three forms are available here.
- Request for removal of visual memory prosthetic, visual filter,
or other protective or corrective eyewear
- Request for inspection of visual memory prosthetic,
physiological monitor, or other body--worn processor or monitor
- Request for X--ray inspection of visual memory prosthetic,
physiological monitor, or other body--worn processor or monitor
The Client/Seller Architecture
What happens when an individual person becomes a corporation open for business?
What happens when a corporation is confronted by an individual wearing a
fully functioning magnetic stripe card reader.
Pleasewait was an example
of such a corporatized individual (Steve Mann Corp., 1998 Keynote Address
for the Virtual Reality Conference in Rio de Janeiro).
In performances of Pleasewait, corporations are required to comply with
the protocols, rules, and regulations of the corporatized individual.
Reflectionism: I am a cyborg luddite
Pleasewait provided me with a seeing license, and a listening license
because it covered my eyes and ears until a license was downloaded
by way of its credit card reader.
I have a speaking license and a
license to think,
a license to stand up,
and a license to sit down.
For everything I do, I must ask permission.
A license is a permit. May I use the restroom, please? Yes, you may,
here is your license. May I compute the square root of a number?
Yes, you can if you download a license for that particular algorithm.
How to deal with such a dehumanizing monstrosity as the patenting of
basic knowledge, the ownership of ideas, and the policing of thought?
is this art of taming the moster with a piece of itself.
The corporatized individual holds a mirror up to society, and that mirror
has the symmetry that beholds an image of the society.
The new deconomy
Like electronically tagged animals, to be passed through
the processing chain of the
Stripped naked of our individuality, our dignity, and respect, we are
passed through the
decontimantion machine, to emerge unified.
Seamlessness of thought is the new world order.
Imagine, if you will, the smart building. Already we have toilets that
are networked and controlled centrally (Sloan Valve with Lonworks and Echelon).
And some even do automatic drug testing.
Lighting, heating, ventiallation, as well as washing and hygiene
are also part of the New Deconomy. Everything's a node in the client/seller
But with the microchip implant, we may also become
nodes in the network as well.
Step into the showers and you're recognized and billed for the amount of
hot water you use. Take as long as you like (or can afford).
No longer will the sensor operated showers time out or shut off like
today's intelligent computer networked showers often do.
So receiving an implant will be seen as a benefit.
Doors will open automatically, no keys will be needed, and you won't need
to carry any cash.
No longer will there be restrooms with signs that say ``for customer use only''
because we'll all be customers (clients) all the time.
And we'll only pay for what we use. We'll only pay for the exact amount of
hot water we use to wash our hands, the exact amount of soap we decide to use,
and the exact amount of waste we deposit in the bowl for disposal.
And it will all be very affordable, but not free!
Trying to dispose of waste without paying the appropriate waste disposal
fees is theft, and with modern DNA analysis, such thefts can easily be
prosecuted. But what we give, give off, produce, or generate, may also
be of some value, whether for epidemilogical studies, or simply as a source
of energy and recycling, so we will be appropriately re-imbursed for value
A brighter, cleaner, happier, and drug-free future awaits us!
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