CES: Vint Cerf: Your shirt shouldn’t have Internet access

The Internet has come a long way since he helped create it in the 1970s, Vint Cerf told an audience at CES today — but there are still some places it shouldn’t go.”What would happen if our clothes were Internet-enabled?” Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist, asked during a morning session at the Las Vegas Convention Center.It’s a question Cerf started asking himself in response to a problem as old as laundry: Where did that sock go? RFID chips attached to socks could answer that question — “Hi, I’m sock #124L, and I’m under the sofa in the living room,” Cerf said, doing his best sock impression.The flip side, though, could be unexpected surveillance. A husband who tells his wife he’s working late at the office could get a phone call: “She says, ‘That’s interesting, because your shirt seems to be at 19th street at the bar.'”

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