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Is ‘Big Brother’ Really Watching?

08/10/2019

The King’s Cross ‘scandal’ has resulted in campaign groups and politicians calling for a halt to facial recognition trials. The technology has been widely, almost exclusively, criticised in the media as an invasion of privacy and even as a tool to enable an Orwellian style surveillance state, where Big Brother is always watching.

Is there really any need to be concerned?

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Could ‘Precrime’ Become Reality?

19/09/2019

A police force that can ‘see’ crime before it happens and burst in, just in the nick of time, to place would-be perpetrators in handcuffs and an eternal prison cell; cameras that track your every move – nowhere to run, nowhere to hide – and they’ve got the wrong man.

This is the fictional world in which ‘Precrime’ exists, the authoritarian police state in ‘Minority Report’, a short science-fiction story published in the 1950s that later became a blockbuster, and it has haunted efforts at predictive policing ever since.

But is this really the ultimate destination of predictive policing?

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Examining machine learning and the future of defence.

09/09/2019

AI technology is developing rapidly and fast becoming the main topic of moral debate.

In the eye of a storm of fear around privacy concerns and worries of how AI could be used in warfare, Adrian Timberlake examines the future of defence and how new developments in AI technology could lead to enhanced security and protection.

Technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to change the defence industry and enhance military operations. Fears around technology that uses AI are focused on the nightmarish idea of ‘killer robots’, but the reality is that technology that uses AI will be used in advanced surveillance, to identify potential threats, and to free up official personnel by completing complex tasks without the requirement for multiple teams and individual equipment.

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We’re afraid of new technology, but we should really fear life without it.

02/09/2019

We are fast closing in on Industry 5.0, where humans and machines will work together, and the industry will be led by new developments in AI. Thought leaders are of the opinion that, in 10-20 years, the impact of AI on society will be greater than electricity.

It could be argued that people are not afraid of the technology itself, but what it represents: significant societal change and the need to learn and adapt. AI is predicted to follow the same integrational path into society and everyday life as computers and the internet did. The technology is first used in sectors where there is critical need to take advantage of new developments to improve security, such as the military, government and defence sectors. It then filters down into workplaces, then homes.

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Facial recognition technology exists to protect, not pry.

15/08/2019

As the national newspapers continue to report on facial recognition technology, not least that campaigners are protesting its legitimacy, Jason Sierra, sales director for Seven Technologies Group, reiterates that the technology exists to protect, not pry.

He says: “It is completely understandable that the general public will want to know why they are being monitored, and for what purposes. However, with facial recognition technology they are not being monitored in the traditional sense. They are being detected and analysed but then ignored as a threat.

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