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Has Technology Gone Too Far

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by Old_Trapper70, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Old_Trapper70

    Old_Trapper70 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2014
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    Orwells book 1984 spoke of "Big Brother", and now we have a "big brother" system monitoring our lives. The question is how much are you willing to accept as the residents of London have done?

    There were two paragraphs that attracted my attention more so then many others in this article:


    "Today more than 2.5 trillion images are shared or stored on the Internet annually—to say nothing of the billions more photographs and videos people keep to themselves. By 2020, one telecommunications company estimates, 6.1 billion people will have phones with picture-taking capabilities. Meanwhile, in a single year an estimated 106 million new surveillance cameras are sold. More than three million ATMs around the planet stare back at their customers. Tens of thousands of cameras known as automatic number plate recognition devices, or ANPRs, hover over roadways—to catch speeding motorists or parking violators but also, in the case of the United Kingdom, to track the comings and goings of suspected criminals. The untallied but growing number of people wearing body cameras now includes not just police but also hospital workers and others who aren’t law enforcement officers. Proliferating as well are personal monitoring devices—dash cams, cyclist helmet cameras to record collisions, doorbells equipped with lenses to catch package thieves—that are fast becoming a part of many a city dweller’s everyday arsenal. Even less quantifiable, but far more vexing, are the billions of images of unsuspecting citizens captured by facial-recognition technology and stored in law enforcement and private-sector databases over which our control is practically nonexistent."

    There is a company called "Dove" that has satellites in the air as high as 100 miles above the earth that can photograph every segment of the earth once a day. Other satellites range around 300 miles, and can capture your license plate number. Facial recognition can now recognize you in spite of heavy makeup. Then there was this:

    "At the Port of Boston, the Department of Homeland Security has tested a cargo-visualizing method invented by two MIT physicists, Robert Ledoux and William Bertozzi. Using a technique known as nuclear resonance fluorescence—in which elements become identifiable by exciting their nuclei—the screening device can, without opening a freight container, discern the elemental fingerprint of its contents. Unlike a typical x-ray scan, which shows only shape and density, it can tell the difference between soda and diet soda, natural and manufactured diamonds, plastics and high-energy explosives, and nonnuclear and nuclear material."

    They can actually tell the difference between a regular soda and a sugar free soda. Amazing.
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  2. Lagboltz

    Lagboltz Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
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    Hurricane alley
    It seems this post was here for a month and nobody is interested. Some video surveillance is government, (big brother) but a large part of it mentioned in the article is private, which doesn't bother me.

    However, I think big brother is turning out to be corporate America. Social media and search engines are collaborating data on people in order to see what they buy, look at, are entertained by.... They collate a profile so ad agencies know how to target you.

    Why it matters with search engines? A person that is profiled as a conservative will be targeted with conservative news that matches their viewpoint. The same with liberal targeting. Depending on your profile the top hits of your search will further reinforce what you already think and further close your mind to anything else. What this does is causes a further division between ideologies of the two demographics. It's already bad and will get worse.
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  3. palerider

    palerider Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
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    As the nation becomes more socialist, the line between corporate and government becomes more blurred....socialism is, after all primarily defined as government control of the means of production.
  4. Dude111

    Dude111 Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2008
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    Yes indeed I think it has!!

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