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Where's Waldo

Post by Sakhaiva on Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:11 pm

Chatting with a friend who writes for Future Image... within our own lives, the time will come when anyone can locate you -- specifically -- whenever they wish; you will be tracked from the moment you leave your home until the moment you return. Eg, think your lover is at the office (when they're really at the bar)? Hop on line and see for yourself.

Follow the technological trail to see where the future is taking us:

"Last year facial detection -- which optimizes focus and exposure for human faces instead of other elements in a picture -- became almost a standard feature on digital cameras. This year photography moves up to facial recognition: the camera detects a distinct individual's face, and prioritizes exposure for that person as opposed to others in the scene. Panasonic says that when a familiar face is recorded several times, its new cameras will prompt you to register the face. Once registered, if the face appears in the frame again, the camera will display the name specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the registered face "is bright and sharply focused."In playback, you can display only photos that contain a specific registered face, making it easier to organize and view photos, the company says."

... but this is low tech stuff; let's take a 'higher' tech look:

"The ceremony inaugurating Barack Obama as U.S. President had some firsts for the imaging industry as well the country:

The GeoEye-1 satellite acquired a 0.41m natural color satellite image of the Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. area just prior to the inauguration.
Launched on September 6, 2008 by Houston, TX-based Satellite Imaging Corporation, the satellite travels at an altitude of 423 miles up, from north to south along the eastern seaboard of the United States at 17,000 mph -- about four miles per second.

Microsoft and CNN teamed to create an immersive 3D Photosynth combining thousands of photographs from both CNN photographers and those of many attendees from every angle.
"Every part of this historic scene will be frozen in time and presented in 3D," Microsoft said.

The SF Chronicle noted that among the few dozen VIPs on the podium with the new President, about 20 were photographing the moment with their own pocket cameras.

Ironically, The American Civil Liberties Union chose the same week to claim "U.S. Surveillance Society Running Rampant."
It says that the federal government has given state and local governments $300 million in grants to fund an ever-growing array of cameras across the United States -- while studies suggest they do nothing to cut down on violent crime."

I'm getting somewhere; stick with me:


Facial recognition and storage, license plate scanning, audio recording (see SENTRI systems).... there is now an entire industry built upon snooping, and it's growing daily. And of course it's already being abused: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/07/17/BAGP27N6M51.DTL&hw=Officer+accused+of+gawking+at+women+Internal+charges+say+he+used+surveillance+equipment+at+airport&sn=001&sc=1000

"Officer William Rossi, a 25-year veteran assigned to the traffic company at San Francisco International Airport, is accused in departmental charges of using the closed-circuit surveillance system at Terminal One substation three different times Feb. 29 to "focus on women's breasts and buttocks.''

We have the technology; however, to me, it looks like technology has us.

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