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No doubt Aldous Huxley and George Orwell would be pleased to see cameras and surveillance devices everywhere, just as they predicted, but they would then be amazed to find that we buy and install them and become upset if no one is watching! So the Dystopian futures they both predicted and feared are not here yet, but they might just be in the pipeline, and being built a device at a time by us!
Only 70 years ago close observation and surveillance was difficult and very expensive. Today, it is so very cheap, efficient, and everywhere: in our pockets; on our wrists; in our homes, offices, cars, trains, planes; in the streets and on the highways and major roads.
To some degree every country has embraced all the possibilities presented by the technology to make their societies safer and more progressive as organisms, but now here comes AI. Automatic voice, face, finger, eye, action, movement and habit recognition writ large along with all our messages, entertainment, work and recreation patterns monitored 24x7, so inference engines can check if we are good, bad, dangerous, safe, under threat and so on!
Some countries are now employing such technology to judge, sentence, and commit people for criminal acts and ant-social behaviours etc. At this point we have to proceed with care in the recognition that data errors ‘happen’ and human biases can be built in at the birth of such AI systems. Nothing is ever perfect - not people, and certainly not our machines, and we have to progressively drive out bias snd error…