Skip to comments.FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America
Posted on 09/08/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT by PapaBear3625
Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.
New Scientist reports that a 2010 study found technology used by NGI to be accurate in picking out suspects from a pool of 1.6 million mug shots 92 percent of the time. The system was tested on a trial basis in the state of Michigan earlier this year, and has already been cleared for pilot runs in Washington, Florida and North Carolina. Now according to this weeks New Scientist report, the full rollout of the program has begun and the FBI expects its intelligence infrastructure to be in place across the United States by 2014.
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Within a few years, they will probably add all DMV photos and facebook photos (disk space is cheap and getting cheaper)
Within a few more years, the feds will be able to flag people, and if they appear near any federally-monitored surveillance camera, it will trip an alert.
The Surveillance Society becomes reality.
Sadly, no one will stop it.
The Police State grows.
Wait ‘till we get the numbers on its precision-recall performance for faces of different ethnicities.
>>Sadly, no one will stop it.
Nope. Its for your own good, peasant. </sarc>
I forgot to add: Hat tip to Drudgereport.com.
I’m thinking about shopping for face-scarves now, so I’ll have quite a collection by 2014. This is just so creepy!
Most likely, wearing face scarves, or any kind kind of face covering, will be made illegal.
Well, I guess you can always dress in a niqab and try to pass yourself off as a Muslim lady, but you might wanna brush up on your Arabic in that event. :)
I think I need to buy an Obamugabe mask today.
Although there is little defense against the logic of “if your not guilty of something, you have nothing to fear” reasoning for instituting such a system, it is proven throughout history that humans given such absolute power will always eventually use it for absolute evil.
I wonder what they would do if some people got together and sey up the same kind of survelence outside of their offices.
Bet they don’t get used at voting precincts.
Facial recognition creates acute privacy concerns that fingerprints do not, US Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) told the Senate Judiciary Committees subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law earlier this year. Once someone has your faceprint, they can get your name, they can find your social networking account and they can find and track you in the street, in the stores you visit, the government buildings you enter, and the photos your friends post online.
I’ll be wearing this, everywhere I go!
Which means, no more personal privacy. They’ll know where you are, where you have been and put one and one together.
They're public employees working in public buildings after all. If they're not doing anything wrong, they should have nothing to worry about.
Orwellian indeed. How long before Orwell’s “telescreens” are a reality - that the federal Gestapo will have a video camera in our homes to monitor us 24/7? When will the slaves finally revolt?
We are all Winston now.
The only right you have to privacy is when you want to kill your unborn child. I saw that in a penumbra somewhere.
Time for woad to come back into fashion...
Ya see all those cameras being installed all over America? Eventually, every person walking within the field of view, will have their entire history revealed simultaneously, with a simple click on a subject.
You know those cameras at intersections, that point at each lane to tell the traffic light when to turn? When they were first installed in a nearby town I was listening to their local radio program, and some people had called in asking about the cameras, so they had a guest on from some organization involved with installing them.
He, of course, explained that they were NOT surveillance cameras, they just were tied into software that tells the computer for the traffic light which lanes had vehicles in them. He was asked about the system already in place to let the lights work together, with data connection to a central point, and he said that this new system is of course tied into that. The host asks ‘so these cameras, pointed into our front windshields, are sending pictures of us to another central system electronically, but that isn't really surveillance?’. The guy said’ well, it's software, it isn't like anyone is watching it or anything’. Host then asks ‘but couldn't it be tied into something like that, or to a DVR or something, to see everyone going through those intersections?’.
The answer? Well, I'm sure you could, but we wouldn't have any reason to do that.
Now, the FBI is giving them the reason to want to do that - tie everyone’s traffic light camera's into the big system to share data, and you can see everything everywhere. The computer software will be able to track where you go. At first, I'm sure it will only be used that way for people who a ‘flagged’ as a risk of some kind, but before too long the definition of risk will expand to include everyone.
The government needs to know where all their sheep are you know, if they want to be able to manage the herd...
Inside and outside.
Arguably, I’m fairly certain the technology exists currently to make the “telescreen” quite real. It’s not that hard to do. The problem is in monitoring; let’s say every household has such a device. You’d need a computer program to monitor everyone; it would be too overwhelming for the relative handful of human eyes watching the feedback.
As to when the slaves will finally revolt, I’d say never. Remember another great quote from Orwell. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”
As you may recall, there was no happy ending in “1984”. Only Winston, drinking cheap Victory, filled with love for Big Brother, waiting for the bullet to the back of the neck.
“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”
Sooner or later, the definition of “risk” is inevitably expanded to include everyone. It is the nature of power, and power invariably seeks to secure itself, no matter the cost.
With the decreasing cost of disk storage, it will be feasible to store these images long term. So if you EVER become "of interest", they will be able to go back through the archives looking for you. The routes you commonly take to go to/from work, places you go, stores you visit. Expect video recordings to be made of who goes to gun shows, FReeper events, etc.
So much for that form of biometric ID. Time to get some mirrored contact lenses.
I hate the future.
Sorry, Ron...it's already too late.
I'm so outraged by this, it's almost as bad as when Obamacare passed, and when Roberts sold us out on it. This system, though, should be relatively easy to foil if its based on using live video surveillance cameras. Maybe an update on the Tin-Man makeup (not lead, or anything to cause death), something really shiny to interfere with imaging?
The only way to prevent government from violating our rights is to prevent government from having the means to do so.
The present trajectory will be that equipment will be installed just for the purpose of finding a few dangerous people. Later, that equipment will be upgraded to collect images on everyone, but only with strict legal protections. Then a court will rule that if government has the data, then a any competent court can order government to make the image data available upon court order. Then a sentence or two will be changed in the “strong law” that was going to “protect” us against “violations of our privacy” to give the image data the same access as law enforcement already enjoys for cell phone location tracking. And welcome Big Brother!
Or someone in disguise could rip down the poles holding these cameras.....
Not a concern for Democrats - they’ve routinely got their heads up their . . . well, you know.
And if by chance you have the same recognition points as say Charlie Manson, or some criminal on the run???
What could go wrong?
Yesterday a N.Y. Cop shot and killed a kid running out of his folks store that was being robbed,
Anyone that has any confidence in our vaunted fbi is a fool.
I know a few law enforcement officers.
None are Mensa members.
It won't take a few years for Facebook, as there are already apps for that. They've almost certainly already done it, but didn't tell anyone.
Don’t most of these systems require a good look at eyes?
Let’s start with the polling places and watch the Dims heads explode!
Oh yeh, I like that idea too! It'll cost us in taxes when they keep putting them up, but that would just give us more opportunities to make those statement. Where can we come up with the kind of people who could or would do such a thing? Wait, it's coming to me, Penn State Student Rioters! They have the experience, and need something to do! If we could only channel their energy into an anti-police-state-mission rather than their usual anarchist anger, we'd have it made and solve two problems at once. Humor, a tool for dealing with strong emotions in ones' self...
“Someone will have to look into whether those would cover enough to spoof the software.”
I’m sure they would! “If the nose don’t fit. you must acquit!”
The telescreens supposedly are here in the modern TV - big brother IS watching you.