Fireflies: iPhone Movement Across Europe

Created by Crowdflow, a visualization of the movement of 880 iPhones across Europe during the month of April, 2011, made from the phones’ location data. In the dystopian future, a thousand video feeds like this one will flicker across a wall of screens in Big Brother’s central surveillance facility:

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  • Anonymous

    dystopic indeed. but can it be dystopian if it refers to the present?

  • Jin The Ninja

    dystopic indeed. but can it be dystopian if it refers to the present?

  • Patrick Robinson

    Solution: Don’t buy a godamn iPhone or any other smartphone. Doing that is already contributing to the ‘dystopian’ power structure fueled by wealth and greed that keeps the populace numb and dumb with this shitty consumerist tech. 

    If you need to talk to somebody, buy the cheapest, slowest most minimally configured piece of junk out there. Let everyone else pay through the nose to show off their new piece of plastic crap that will inevitably lead to Big Brother tracking them.

    I don’t see why this should even be considered a problem. No smartphones, no problem. If people weren’t so dependent on this technology and could make decisions on there own without having to consult their ‘smartphone’ for the most mundane of things, then they wouldnt need to worry about any tracking.

  • Patrick Robinson

    Solution: Don’t buy a godamn iPhone or any other smartphone. Doing that is already contributing to the ‘dystopian’ power structure fueled by wealth and greed that keeps the populace numb and dumb with this shitty consumerist tech. 

    If you need to talk to somebody, buy the cheapest, slowest most minimally configured piece of junk out there. Let everyone else pay through the nose to show off their new piece of plastic crap that will inevitably lead to Big Brother tracking them.

    I don’t see why this should even be considered a problem. No smartphones, no problem. If people weren’t so dependent on this technology and could make decisions on there own without having to consult their ‘smartphone’ for the most mundane of things, then they wouldnt need to worry about any tracking.

    • wizard

      kool tech? fine. but just the tracking alone throws that out of the window. its corrupt and lasers are pin point. 

    • Guest

      That’s easy to say now, and I agree with you, I don’t have a smart phone…but we’re pretty much being forced into it. Pretty soon, a smart phone is going to be the “cheap” phone, and we’ll have moved on to something else newer and prettier.

      You can bet, however, if they can do this, then they already are…and that leads me to believe that even your average, everyday, straight off the shelf at wal-mart phone can be tracked.

  • wizard

    this is creeps 

  • wizard

    this is creeps 

  • wizard

    kool tech? fine. but just the tracking alone throws that out of the window. its corrupt and lasers are pin point. 

  • Guest

    That’s easy to say now, and I agree with you, I don’t have a smart phone…but we’re pretty much being forced into it. Pretty soon, a smart phone is going to be the “cheap” phone, and we’ll have moved on to something else newer and prettier.

    You can bet, however, if they can do this, then they already are…and that leads me to believe that even your average, everyday, straight off the shelf at wal-mart phone can be tracked.

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