The virus that is wiping out all of us has one important property: it is a non-binary, invisible, and imperceptible phenomenon.
The world is now living through an era of “universal surveillance”.
We can now monitor our phones for all kinds of things like when they are turned on and off, whether they are connected to the internet, whether or not they have been turned on for more than a few minutes, how long they have had battery life, and how much time they have spent on social media.
It’s not just a new way to monitor our devices, but also an entirely new way of life.
In a world where we all have smartphones, what will we do with our phones?
What are we going to do with the information that is being stored on them?
What will we keep, what are we not going to use, what kind of things will we put on them and how are we managing them?
This article is part of a series by The Verge’s The Digital Hub that explores how technology is transforming our lives, and what it means for us.