Can technology go too far in disturbing your peace?
The trend is inevitable.
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And, as with so many trends, there’s pain too.
Business owners have embraced technology as the elixir that offers speed and money-saving. Which has led to their permissiveness of its invasiveness running rampant.
It’s not surveillance, many insist. It’s security.
Meanwhile, their customers are left wondering who’s guarding the guardians.
I wafted to this subject because of a tweet by a writer and drag queen. Joe Wadlington seemed excited that there was a new boutique hotel in the Castro district of San Francisco.
But then he perused the rules perpetrated by the hotel’s management company, Kasa. It insists on quiet hours between 9 pm and 8 am. One person’s quiet is another person’s having a lovely time.
So one section of Kasa’s rules offers: “Kasa apartments are proactively monitored for compliance with this noise policy.”
Few enjoy the concept of proactive monitoring. It smacks of proactive snooping.
Yet Kasa insists: “Decibel sensors notify the Company of sounds in the Kasa that exceed 75 decibels (dB). You hereby consent to the use of sound level monitoring.”
I can hear you grunting at a minimum of 72 decibels. These people have sensors to monitor your every sound level? Isn’t that excessively, well, personal?
And wait, how loud is 75 decibels? The University of Michigan tells me normal human conversation scores around 60.