For Immediate Release
August 14, 2017
‘Watch’ For It . . .
7th Annual ‘Wave at Surveillance Day’ is August 16th
A.I. for surveillance is here. From Elon Musk’s OpenAI—a nonprofit institute for artificial intelligence ethics—to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Now, to The Internet of Things, it’s clear. We have seen the future. And it is A.I.
Good, evil or amoral? Threatening or hopeful? Equalizing or racist and elitist? A.I. is whirling like a dervish Cloud few fully understand, sweeping up our data, our privacy and some believe, our future identities, as it goes.
For Zorbitor, digital impresario and pseudonymous privacy activist, what’s most interesting in all of this are human behaviors that defy rationality. When surveillance cameras are read by surveillance robots, when sousveillance watches the watchers in return, the day for recognition is at hand. This year on August 16th (the seventh annual International Wave at Surveillance Day) benign yet meaningful action, replicated on the same day worldwide, would be certain to give A.I. a run for its oh-so-rational money, Zorbitor believes. “It would be like asking SIRI what to name your lawn. Saluting that system with an internationally benign gesture, alone or in groups of wavers, shows awareness that surveillance is there, but more importantly, that sousveillance by human beings is alive and well. The day we stop doing that—the day we let that go—will be a sad one. The human element is something that cannot be replicated. Together wavers may well confound A.I., if only for a day, because hey, we’re only human, right?”
More on International Wave at Surveillance Day and a primer on the history of video surveillance appears on the event’s feature page at ‘Days of the Year’ at https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/wave-at-the-surveillance-cameras-day/
Soon we’ll be waving on August 16…https://youtu.be/WeaQbJXtn4Q
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2015
“World’s Laziest Demonstration” Slated for August 16th
What Vice’s Motherboard heralded last year as, “The World’s Laziest Protest” will mark its 5th anniversary on August 16th this Sunday. Last year a record number of demonstrators worldwide waved at security cameras and other surveillance equipment, many submitting photos and videos of themselves with supporting signage and clothing to pledge solidarity with the event. Zorbitor urges Worldwide Waveday participants to wave at security devices when they’re ‘at home’ on August 16th, or as the highly referential video states, ‘at work and in between.’
Last year’s most notable Wave Day awareness participant was cultural anthropologist and visual artist Franziska Jentsch of franziskajentsch.net from Berlin, Germany – the country where more security devices per capita have been installed and are reportedly active 24/7. Britain’s economy has constrained its surveillance despite outnumbering Germany’s per capita installations. This may change markedly in the future however. Cycles of surveillance, in Zorbitor’s view, are in flux. Citing ‘rhythms of increase and decrease’, Zorbitor sees ‘dynamic symmetry’, or ‘self-similar growth patterns’ in surveillance which suggest that, with the insurgence of drone activity, Plato’s observation that, “The way down and the way up are one and the same” rings especially relevant under the knowing gaze of today’s world eyeball.
But just what is International Wave at Surveillance Day? Is each wave on August 16th a way of alerting ‘watchers’ that ‘we’ are watching back? Is it a borderless, nonviolent statement of mutual awareness and solidarity under our burgeoning ‘Big Bother’ social reality? Or is it simply all things to all people? Whatever it is, a record number of viewers of this year’s YouTube video on Zorbitor’s channel are sharing and discussing including noted scientist, futurist and author David Brin (The Postman, Existence, The Transparent Society).
Zorbitor has seen a rise in video viewers from the USA and the Phillippines this year while in years past support has been especially strong from both Germany, where Zorbitor’s video was banned in 2011, and from Orwell’s heavily surveilled Britain. Whatever is in store for this year’s demonstration, those gesturing at the ‘watchers’ on August 16th are sure to be catching a lazy wave.