Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Surveillance System Will Identify Suspicious People

Well if you find societies like those in 1984 or Brave New World unlikely and consider MallCity to be a fantasy, comes tech that makes them just that much more possible.

In an age when Bulletin boards are becoming smart and some systems can send audio information straight into your head and track you as you move is the incarnation that reminds one of Doctorow's 'Little Brother' or 'Scroogled' comes a surveillance system that ties them all together.

From Newswise: Engineers here are developing a computerized surveillance system that, when completed, will attempt to recognize whether a person on the street is acting suspiciously or appears to be lost. The ultimate goal is a networked system of “smart” video cameras that will let surveillance officers observe a wide area quickly and efficiently. Computers will carry much of the workload.

And you know you should be a wee bit suspicious when the very next statement from the researchers developing the tech is: The research isn't meant to gather specific information about individuals.

I ask you, when the very people that develop this ability are having thought like invasion of privacy and eroding of personal freedoms....just how much of Pandora's box has been opened.

I might be jumping to conclusions here and seeing evil when there isn't any, but I ask you to read the article and see what you think.

<- newswise ->

Thanks to Ron Huber for the article


Shaun A. Saunders said...

Ah...the 'infopanels' from 'Mallcity 14'...and the byline from the book's cover:

'Somewhere past tomorrow, where private thoughts are dangerous, and prisons don't have bars,is...'

coming to a neighbourhood near you.

Beam Me Up said...

somewhere past to love that line.