The real lesson around the Carrier IQ story is that soon everything we use will be spying on us. My argument on the Beast is that as long we’re going to have these feeding frenzies every time someone finds out about some new snooping technique, we might also start to realize that this is the new reality we’ve created. It’s only going to get worse when the “Internet of things” (sensors in everything) becomes a reality. Welcome to the digital panopticon. One funny footnote: When I wrote the Beast story, this morning, I ended by predicting that soon someone in Congress would recognize the opportunity to generate publicity and announce some kind of inquiry. I didn’t realize it would happen so quickly. Thank you, Al Franken.