|Facebook, contrary to what people believe, is NOT a Cinderella story. The idea that Facebook was developed in two weeks, by a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, a sophomore at Harvard University, is unrealistic. That’s the official story, but in reality, it was developed by teams of engineers over many years. Since the early ’90s, the Pentagon was working on a project called Lifelog, that would collect personal information for political control. Before it was rolled out, Lifelog needed a transformation, to allure college kids. Facebook was born, and Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard genius would become the figurehead.
"…aspects of LifeLog might have survived, albeit under a different name. "It would not surprise me to learn that the government continued to fund research that pushed this area forward without calling it LifeLog," Lee said. As far as we know, nothing came of DARPA’s AI secretary.
It was the private sector, not the government, that is coming close to turning Gage’s LifeLog, Bell’s MyLifeBits, and Bush’s Memex into reality for millions of people. And ironically for privacy advocates, we practically beg for it.
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin founded Facebook. Three years later, Apple introduced the iPhone. Aftergood described smartphones and social media as "LifeLog equivalents."
More recently, wearable devices and smart-home systems like Alexa have accelerated our acceptance of digital life logs…"