Looking Back at Looking Forward

sharing knowledge about organisational foresight

Who am I? Who are you? Who are they? What is that?

One’s ‘identity’ usually applies to the physical you. With digitalisation and the internet, ‘identity’ in addition means email addresses or instant messaging addresses and ‘presence’ – being online or not, or being in a particular location or not (location-based); ‘digital identity’ – details of a physical person that are uniquely identified through biometrics and turned into digitalised data that is stored on the web; ‘virtual identity’ – the form one might take on in social networks such as Second Life, or in other web-based applications. The development of a ‘universal’ ID is a plausible idea given the forever multiplying forms of electronic addresses and digital identification tied to individuals and entities.

In time, with developments such as augmented reality, the physical characteristics of people, or groups of people and things (such as buildings) will be alterable in accordance with a users’ preferences. What would that do to one’s perception of ‘identity’. One’s virtual or digital identities could potentially be alterable by design or perhaps even by harmful intent.

Physical identities are either associated with a physical location (eg. home address) or with an individual (eg. photo driver licence). Telephone numbers are allocated to physical identities. In a digitalised and globalised world, physical location is less relevant. People and entities can be ‘present’ anywhere at any time. People and entities can have multiple internet addresses and multiple virtual personalities. So ‘place’ and ‘physical’ are declining in relative importance.

Might there one day be a need for integrating identities or reassembling identities to some form of international or jurisdictional standard?


April 15, 2007 - Posted by | foresight | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. VSOID is a unique platform which lets you create your own unique social identity. VSOID will help to create new opportunities, get closely associated with the social issues and more important to be part of brands of big companies. Virtual Social Identity Number – A first of its kind initiative in an online world.One number to store all your information and will make easy to connect to other verticals

    The Vsoid.com will define a new way of search engine by consolidating all the information at one place and simplifying the process of searching.
    The Vsoid.com will provide distinct services:
    1:Unique Social Identification Number
    2:Credential Database Services
    3:Facilitates an association with brands of your choice
    4:Facilitates an association with Social cause
    5:Effortless Find and Connect Services

    Within a period of one month we have 40,000 active users of this service which shows the potential of this website and the service

    Comment by vsoid | March 29, 2010 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: