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Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discusses recent advances in facial recognition technology and the implications for security and society.
Iris recognition is used at immigration in the UK for certain types of travelers, like myself, who had permanent residency in England.
You said that you can't put a telephoto lens on an iphone, but in fact there are kits that allow you to add slr lenses to an iphone.
This is a silly discussion in the sense that it is 100% legal to take pictures of the public IN public.
We need to face up to the reality that the day is coming when cameras will ALWAYS be on in ALL public areas that will be linked to powerful AI systems capable of tracking EVERYONE.
Unless we change the Constitution to provide REAL privacy rights the above scenario will become a reality....and "law enforcement" will justify it by saying that it will only have a negative impact on criminals and terrorists..and that the inocent would have nothing to fear.
Of course that rationale would be nonsense since the temptation to become "big brother" would corrupt the watchers. Power corrupts and having that kind of total surveillance available to the government will certainly be abused in ways that diminish people's sense of freedom at the least and at worst, in ways that create a de facto police state.
Bottom line: WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY!!!
So police will be able to instantly get all information on us by taking our photos in public, but if we photograph the police in public we go to jail.
there's recognition...& recognition...& when the system get it wrong you might just get the film, BRAZIL.
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