The Rise of Facial Recognition Should Scare Us All

Sunday, June 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Derrick Broze
ActivistPost.com
JUNE 16, 2019

In the last ten years, our world has been completely transformed thanks to the exponential growth of digital technology. Technological advances with computer processors and the Internet have quickly advanced our world into one that resembles some of the most well-known sci-fi films and novels. Not a single day passes without a report on an emerging technology or new feature in an already existing product. The last ten years alone have seen rapid growth in information technology, encryption, the medical industry and 3D printing technology, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, as technology is a tool, there are equally frightening developments taking place in the first two decades of the 21st century. Specifically, the ability for governments and private actors to monitor and spy on the activity of the average person has nearly become accepted as the norm. In fact, it has become commonplace to hear Americans respond to warnings of Orwellian futures with the timeless trope, “If you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s nothing to hide!” This is what makes it all the more surprising to see a surplus of recent reports examining the dangers and implications of a world where facial recognition technology is commonplace.

Here’s a small sample of the current headlines related to facial recognition:

Most Americans Trust Facial Recognition Technology – But Not At The Airport
Terrifying AI Matches DNA to Facial Recognition Databases
Why Is Facial Recognition Important? 3 Signs It’s Too Big to Ignore Any Longer
Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous

The Rest…HERE

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