The Last HOPE....

I realized I mentioned this before, but anyone that is interested in the last HOPE convention to be held at the HOtel PEnnsylvania, before the historic site is torn down; it will be held in New York City, at the Hotel Pennslyvania ( info on the last HOPE convention can be found at the link ).

Steven Levy to keynote.

As part of a social experiment, attendees HOPE in July will be issued badges with electronic tracking devices. Large displays will show in real-time where people go, with whom they associate, for how long and how often.

The tracking technology, known as RFID, is fast becoming an unseen part of everyday life. This July, for the very first time, the general public will be able to participate in the transparent operation of a major RFID tracking program.

Conference attendees will participate in games built around the tracking system. Players will seek ways to protect their privacy, find vulnerabilities in the tracking system, employ data mining techniques to learn more about other participants, and choose how much personal information they will disclose in order to play.

This demonstration will be open to the public at The Last HOPE conference from July 18-20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The first 1500 pre-registrants will be guaranteed an RFID badge enabling them to participate in the game.

Segway Racing

Back by popular demand, we will once again have the Segway "personal transporters" available for attendees to ride and race.

Vintage Computers Playground

Also returning, The Mid-Atlantic Retro-Computing Hobbyists (MARCH) organization will be bringing in an assortment of older machines for people to play around with.

Floor Layout

The Last HOPE. If you miss this one, there's nothing left to say.

In lieu of donations, flowers are requested.

I MISSED the Last HOPE !

Picture of The Last HOPE....
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I heard on the radio that stuff we buy at the store, say a bag of chips and a seperate can of dip, have little chips in the packaging, and they "talk" to one another and store information. So the chips company knows when you are buying their chips, and what else in in your cart-like the dip-and they all trade information. They even know if you pick something up and then put it back. Is this true?
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Well, most of the barcodes are not really "chips" but the information about bought things are co-ordinated with the computers used to scan them in. Another thing, those cards that the Supermarkets have you "sign up" for, also help track what YOU buy, and my card, what I buy...
Oh, okay. But I think they were talking about real chips in the packaging, (unless I'm crazy...which is possible) I think they said that they knew when you had picked it up and then put it back...maybe I just heard wrong or something though.
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Some stores have security mechanisms like that, yes.
I knew it! It's like 1984!
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago


I'm really sorry.
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
I know, so am I. But I can't let the past keep me anchored....somehow I will move on *sigh*
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
I have seen devices in many stores that will not let you move the item more than a few inches from it's "place" before an alarm sounds or the cable stops you :-)
Goodhart (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Now our local hospitals are using RSS (reduced space symbology to encode the patient's info with.
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