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The city of the future will watch you all the time

New computer software is making it possible for computers to quickly analyze the data provided by surveillance cameras, which in turn will allow businesses and government to track and identify city dwellers all the time.

Through partner businesses, Nvidia’s technology is set to take things even further, enabling autonomous aerial systems streaming video back from the sky, security robots driving themselves around looking for trouble spots, and ultra high resolution, super-wide panoramic cameras that capture a whole scene instead of needing to track and follow objects.

And instead of just recording and storing footage, every camera’s output would be constantly analyzed and crunched into useful data points. We’re talking facial recognition, vehicle recognition, and pattern tracking in road and pedestrian traffic.

Clearly this will be useful in a law enforcement and security sense, and several Nvidia partners are working along these lines. BriefCam, for example, is demonstrating technology that tracks individuals and vehicles through security footage, then produces super-quick review videos in which all events in a given time frame can be made to happen in a condensed format where a bunch of them are on screen at once.

It seems to me that this new technology fits very well with the urban leftist culture that runs most American cities these days. These fascist communities, run almost exclusively by Democrats, will cheer this surveillance as a way to protect themselves from bad things, including people with opinions they don’t like. Consider how useful this would have been to Berkeley, for instance, during its recent struggle to keep conservative speakers out of town.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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9 comments

  • wayne

    “Panopticon”
    https://youtu.be/zAkQRVASPQw
    (26:13)

    The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century.
    The concept of the design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behavior constantly.
    The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective.”

  • Ted

    Bob: This sounds just like the tv program “Person of Interest.” You are being watched. The government has a secret system – I know I invented it. It’s a dandy if not scary show. Worth watching.

  • Laurie

    In conjunction with the previous post about youth indoctrination:

    “While I was thinking about the horns (symbol for a powerful, oppressive dominion or leader), there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being (surveillance?) and a mouth that spoke boastfully (propaganda?).

    I was just thinking about it, too…

  • wayne

    Ted–
    Was not aware of “Person of Interest.” Watched a few clips & it does look intriguing! (and with 5 Seasons, in the can.)

    I recall Dr. WHO had a story arc that featured some sort of “Panopticon” theme. Mid 70’s, maybe Tom Baker. (?)

    Laurie– forgive my ignorance, is that from the Bible? It’s familiar…

    Just had a friend who visited London recently, practically the first thing he noted was they had “noticeably more camera’s every block,” compared to a previous visit in 2011.

  • Laurie

    Wayne – yes, I’m glad I can post such things here without someone threatening legal action ;)

    Daniel 7:8 (NIV)

  • Ted

    Wayne: We were in London in March and yes there are cameras everywhere! However it’s the one you DON’T see that are scary.

  • wayne

    Correction on the “Panopticon” and Dr. WHO thought-oid.,
    — think I’m co-mingling plot-lines & the name of the Dr. WHO Conventions in the late 80’s. (have a boatload of WHO, but not all of them.)

    Point being however–Jeremy Bentham had some bizzaro idea’s and bizzaro people are working 24/7 to bring it about. “They” as well, are trying to make Plato’s Republic, a real thing.
    (totally tangential– I find it ironic “they” make us pay for the flat-screens & internet connections, by which they will surveil us, all.)

    Laurie–
    Thank you
    (…it’s still America, you quote the Bible all you want!)
    It has that Bible-feel to it. Have read, the whole thing more than once, but honestly, I was most interested in the beginning and the end, parts.

    Ted– yepper. My friends beamed me some pictures of their latest travels– surveillance camera’s everywhere in London (and Liverpool)..

  • Early Bird

    Correction on the “Panopticon” and Dr. WHO thought-oid.,
    — think I’m co-mingling plot-lines & the name of the Dr. WHO Conventions in the late 80’s. (have a boatload of WHO, but not all of them.)

    If you want to have a go at jogging your memory, here:

    http://www.radiotimes.com/doctor-who-episode-guide-fourth-doctor-tom-baker

    …is an episode guide to the Tom Baker years.

    There are some spoilers, so you will want to read sparingly if the particular story you’re looking at is one you have not yet seen.

  • wayne

    Early Bird–
    Appreciate the resource on WHO.
    (My wife was big Tom Baker fan– I prefer the Jon Pertwee era myself.)

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