Don't try to deny it. I know what you did last night!
One might expect that a line like that could only come from a jealous wife who has had a private detective follow her straying hubby, but soon it may come from your wallet or even your milk carton!
Why would your milk carton care what you did last night? It doesn't, but it could soon "know" that you passed grocery store on way home without picking up a fresh carton of milk. It will simply ask garage door opener which was told by car and then inform your briefcase which will remind your cell phone to alert you tomorrow before you pass market again.
Your checkbook will know your bank balance before you balance it, so you won't need to balance it. Your car will insist that you take it to dealership for maintenance before it reaches mileage limit set by manufacturer for required service to keep warranty intact. The Secretary of State (or Dept. of Motor Vehicles [DMV] in some states) will be able to disable your car if you fail to renew your registration or license.
All of this magic is possible now and in use in some cases.
Your world is very close to being automated, trackable and recorded in a permanent database. Huge abuses are possible in this strange new world and we need to establish boundaries and limit access to this information before it gets out of those databases and into any "unsavory" databases. I'll bet on newest action adventure movies in next few months having something to do with "Arnold" chasing down a good database that was corrupted by an evil data warehousing software developer.
I'm not a doomsayer, so I'll address these issues by suggesting that we all remain aware, informed and alert to possibility of abuses so that we can stop them from occurring.
I am a technology enthusiast so I welcome these developments for what they mean in terms of convenience and in making my life easier. The wireless web, BlueTooth technology, embedded chips, bar codes and information databases make it all easily do-able.
For those of you unfamiliar with BlueTooth technology let me put in its simplest terms (limit of my own understanding) it allows antyhing with this low frequency radio transmission to "talk" with anything else with same embedded technology. This means that inanimate objects can communicate with each other whenever they are within a specific physical proximity to each other.
PRIVACY as we've known it in past may be unattainable or shall I say, un-maintainable. Public uproar at well publicized issues such as ToySmart.com database being sold as an asset in its bankruptcy, when it had promised that information would never be sold, illustrate how information on YOU could be sold, resold, sold on blackmarket, hacked from multiplicity of sources or simply stored for access by big brother.