STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– Surveillance cameras are getting smarter by the day, and civilians should take heed, according to a new American Civil Liberties Union report.
Advancements in artificial intelligence (A.I.) could result in an “army of A.I. security guards being placed behind those lenses,” while administrators of the cameras would stand to benefit if they’re so inclined, the report states.
Improvements to technology likely will ensure that every second of surveillance footage can be analyzed, by alerting owners to “unusual” behavior, such as kissing, public intoxication or embarrassing acts that could hurt a person’s career or insurance policy.
“Imagine this army is made up of guards who don’t need to be paid, who never get bored, who never sleep, who never miss a detail, and who have total recall for everything they’ve seen,” writes Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the A.C.L.U., who authored the report.
Among the hypotheticals posed by the organization as a result of the new technology: A politician requests footage of every person their enemy has kissed in public outside of marriage; a life insurance company offers rates based on how fast a person jogs, or a commanding officer gets a daily list of people who appeared drunk or high in public.
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