Although the story behind it is humorous, there's a point in there somewhere. Is the observer really inclined to affect the observed, even through a photograph? There are cultures which believe a photo steals part of your soul. If so, what of those who are continually observed through the media? Those who don't feel they have a private life any more? Maybe the effect depends on how the subject views the observation. Joanna Lumley doesn't seem to mind, she's 67 and looks better than most of us. World leaders, on the other hand, tend to go grey rather fast once in office. Maybe they don't feel happy with the way the world views them once they get up to the apex and have to look down.
Non-locality is the media by which the Universe transmits information. Bypassing the standard 'constant' of light speed, non-locality enables information to travel to wherever it needs to go without the need for pre-determination. Computers are unnecessary to the Universe, which has no need of any circuitry other than that of its own making.
We know that the Universe built uncertainty into its programme, that no moment can be exactly the same as any other moment and no material object truly identical. Structural and positional atomic differences ensure that every one of an uncountable number of manufactured, seemingly identical objects will be unique. Grains of sand are unique. In the natural world, we marvel at how identical birds can know each other as individuals. Clearly to a gannet the uniqueness of his mate is as plain as the nose on your face.
How do we use this information to our advantage? By allowing the freedom of unique moments to deliver unique events to be present in our existence, so we can make our realities what we want them to be. We can't do this all the time, of course, as we live in a negative universe (all we encounter of it physically is electrons). The negative charge of our surroundings has to have some effect - despite the trend of the thread in the link behind electrons, there's a reason why we use the term 'negative' the way we do. Call it instinct, or information from non-local sources. We can make huge differences to what we see as real, inviting positivity to be part of the equation knowing it'll reward when least expected. Such is the joy of uncertainty - a Law the Universe stamps firmly all the time, on everything, so why not live by it?
Kathy Ratcliffe has studied quantum mechanics since 1997, leads a life surrounded by birds and animals, and is a stalwart fan of Stargate SG1.