Saturday, April 28, 2018

U.S. Police To Be Equipped With Facial Recognition Body Cameras

Technocrats at Axon are pushing to be the global leader in body cams for police that support instant facial recognition, and they have the data to back it up: over 20 petabytes. Where will photos come from to put into the database? Facebook, Google, Drivers License agencies, Passports, etc. Some call it the absolute end of privacy. ⁃ TN Editor

The country’s biggest seller of police body cameras on Thursday convened a corporate board devoted to the ethics and expansion of artificial intelligence, a major new step toward offering controversial facial-recognition technology to police forces nationwide.

Axon, the maker of Taser electroshock weapons and the wearable body cameras now used by most major American city police departments, has voiced interest in pursuing face recognition for its body-worn cameras. The technology could allow officers to scan and recognize the faces of potentially everyone they see while on patrol. A growing number of surveillance firms and tech start-ups are racing to integrate face recognition and other AI capabilities into real-time video.

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