Remember when phrases like "intelligence gathering" and "national security" conjured up images of James Bond rappelling his way into an inactive volcano, jumping over piranhas, and disarming missiles? As inflated as these fictional spy vs. spy scenarios were, at least there was a thread of humanity to the whole thing.
Today, it's all ones and zeros. It's cyber attacks and data mining. It's banks of computers analyzing questionably begotten e-mails and phone calls. And as boring as it may sound, the scope of it all, along with the coldly calculating computers behind it, gives me a serious case of the creeps.
And if today's tech trends are any indication, it's only going to get worse. We've never been more public with our lives and more prolific with our information. Technology has adapted quickly to help us tweet, record, and upload at stupefying speeds. And as we know all too well from, our nation's intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on our digital lives.
But if you really want to get whipped into a tin-foil-hat-making frenzy, I've created a list of my Top 5 tech trends that must have the NSA positively salivating. To be fair, I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation as to why each of these is legally or logistically out of reach from prying eyes, but what fun is that? Let's jump into the paranoid waters together, and just maybe we'll return to shore with a healthy fear of Big Brother.