Dude! You’re On Camera!
A tragedy. A person is shot dead. It’s a murder. A horrible crime has been committed. Bring in the Law. A Forensic Specialist arrives. A Police Detective and their crew. A bullet is found. Gunpowder blowback is discovered.
Quicktime – the type of gun is determined. Lots of computer research, say bout an hour, and the type of bullet, gunpowder, time of day … Vendors of that kind of gun and munitions are determined, traced and whammo! The one shop that sells either of these is pinpointed. Video surveillance is surveyed and no less than bout a hundred images are downloaded of a person purchasing that gun and those bullets. Facial Recognition software is run – the person who bought that gun (etc.) is located say in another hour. SWAT is on the road and the shooter is handcuffed.
Exaggeration? It took the cops less than six hours to find and responsibly take out (kill) one of the Boston Marathon Bombers, find and apprehend the other. And, that wasn’t even a gun, but a homemade explosive device. Within minutes, video of the scene, every single person who was in the vicinity was scrutinized, analyzed … etc. etc. Quite literally, thousands of faces. Within minutes the manhunt was on for specific persons. !! Within hours they were found.
Should we license firearms in the U.S.A.? WTF difference would it make? Anytime anything happens anywhere on the whole fuckin’ planet, if it’s worth looking at, everybody on the whole fuckin’ planet IS looking at it. At present I am sitting in a franchise coffee shop, on the ceiling are two (2) dome cameras. There is not one square inch of this coffee shop that is not on camera being taped 24 hours every single day. !! What difference would it make?
I have in my wallet a Driver’s License. It has a photo on it – a photo of my face. I am about six years younger than I am now. Facial Aging Software is available. They can add or take out my beard. They can put hair on my bald head, change it to a dyed black. It would not matter. Software exists that can take all of my soft tissue facial characteristics and examine my skull bone structure and 99% determine if it is me in a particular photo – or not.
Some countries, like England, have more public and private video recording devices than actual citizens. The ability to acquire and store nearly 100% of all human activity, pictorial, text of audio, is becoming pervasive beyond anyone’s ability to conceive. Anywhere. Anytime. All the time!
AND, it’s not going to go away until it is no longer possible to generate electricity. On many American highways there are cameras that have solar power cells. These cameras do not have any hardware cabling attached. In other words, they are running off of sunlight or batteries powered totally by electricity gathered from sunlight. These cameras transmit all data constantly and consistently to off-site storage – in the cloud. “In the cloud” – or, data broken up by a process that puts bits and bytes on multiple servers that can be physically located anywhere.
Open the “Monitor Activity” panel on your laptop or personal device and just watch as it scrolls the data it’s processing continuously. Every nano-second, even when it’s turned off the I/O runs (In/Out). Remove the battery. The second it is turned back on, it will retrieve, from the cloud everything remotely connected to the unique identity of that device, that occurred while the fuck it was off. Your laptop tells you when you missed a phone call on your cell. Your cell phone tells you where your laptop is and just what it is doing at any moment of the day. Your cell phone can tell you if you need to buy milk and can show a picture of the inside of your refrigerator if you are lame enough not believe your cell phone. And, ten years from now, it can pull up and show you, or anyone, that photo, no matter how many times you try to trash it.
I have phone numbers and email addresses of people with whom I have had no contact whatever – for decades – that I cannot get rid of. !! I don’t want to contact, or even remember (for that matter), these people – and they won’t go away! I have been married for 41 years. I quite honestly, have no interest in Asian or Russian Beauties!! How TF did you get into my email???
A.I. exists now, today and it’s call The Cloud.
You can’t run, you can’t hide – anymore!
“Smile, Dude. Yer on camera!”