USA - Facebook Files Patent to Calculate Your Future

Arno Froese

Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to be offline.

If the company could predict when you are about to be in an offline area, Facebook content “may be prefetched so that the user may have access to content during the period where there is a lack of connectivity.”

In 2016, Google Maps for Android came under fire for introducing a similar feature called Driving Mode, which guessed the user’s destination, based on current location and web search history. After public backlash, a Google spokesperson clarified that the feature can only predict when you’re going to preprogrammed home and work destinations. Other locations, based on Google searches, for example, will be shown as suggestions.

Another Facebook patent application titled “Location Prediction Using Wireless Signals on Online Social Networks” describes how tracking the strength of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and near-field communication (NFC) signals could be used to estimate your current location, in order to anticipate where you will go next.

This “background signal” information is used as an alternative to GPS because, as the patent describes, it may provide “the advantage of more accurately or precisely determining a geographic location of a user.”

The technology could learn the category of your current location (e.g., bar or gym), the time of your visit to the location, the hours that entity is open, and the popular hours of the entity., 10 December 2018

Arno's commentary

At this time, the patent concerns itself with the calculation of “your future location.” That is part of the global development: register all people of the world, document their identity, occupation, behavior, and location. This technology will create an immense database about individual persons.

So, the question: what is the future? The Bible makes it crystal clear, and that incidentally is most decisive: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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