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ATL Speculation: SS As Mobile #s

J R
 

Can anyone imagine a plausible ATL development that would allow social
security numbers to be adopted (assigned?) as "permanen"--or at least
"main" cellphone numbers--or even just plain ol' phone numbers?

(Reminiscing about past web surfing, just recalled seeing something a
long while back about some 1960s-ish future forecast [government?
Think tank? Unable to recall] that predicted the possibility of the
emergence of "personal"/"portable" radio phones that *could* use
social security numbers as phone numbers... Unable to recall where
online I saw this, though...)

Tarl Neustaedter
 

On 2011-Apr-20 11:13 , J R wrote:
Can anyone imagine a plausible ATL development that would allow social
security numbers to be adopted (assigned?) as "permanen"--or at least
"main" cellphone numbers--or even just plain ol' phone numbers?

(Reminiscing about past web surfing, just recalled seeing something a
long while back about some 1960s-ish future forecast [government?
Think tank? Unable to recall] that predicted the possibility of the
emergence of "personal"/"portable" radio phones that *could* use
social security numbers as phone numbers... Unable to recall where
online I saw this, though...)
Arthur Clarke's "Imperial Earth" had universal numbers (effectively SSNs) which were also portable phone numbers, as I recall. One of the minor mentions was a young lady who in a moneyless society had managed to persuade bureaucrats to give her a number ending in six zeroes.

Allen Pitt
 

it seems to me that the trend would be in the opposite direction --instead of having to memorize (or store) a long character string (for phone # etc) ---just have a list on your mobile device with a set of names. Click on the name, and internally the device will know who you mean, get any set of #s etc and start up the data link.

So 'behind the scenes' there might be a universal #, but there'd be no need for anyone to know it....

On Apr 20, 2011, at 2:15 PM, Tarl Neustaedter wrote:

Arthur Clarke's "Imperial Earth"  had universal numbers (effectively 
SSNs) which were also portable phone numbers, as I recall. One of the 
minor mentions was a young lady who in a moneyless society had managed 
to persuade bureaucrats to give her a number ending in six zeroes.