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Comment Re:They are watching... (Score 1) 189

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 1997) — Computer "eyes" are now up to such tasks as watching for fugitives in airline terminals and other busy locations. A sophisticated face-recognition system that placed first in recent Army competitive trials has been given the added ability to pick out faces in noisy or chaotic "street" environments. The new "Mugspot" software module developed at the University of Southern California automatically analyzes video images, looking for passers-by. When it finds them, it picks out the heads in the images and then tracks the heads for as long as they remain in the camera's field.

Almost 15 years ago, it was already possible to accurately track and recognise people in grainy, blurry, low-res video. As if intelligence agencies *aren't* having a field day with facebook.

But 15 years ago millions of people did not voluntarily (albeit unknowingly, for the most part) submit their personal photos and videos for this kind of analysis.

Comment Re:Wonderful. (Score 1) 228

The US' statistic is also surprising: 5.0 per 100,000 - the highest among OECD countries by a long shot (though still comparatively safe compared to the majority of countries in the world).

That must be all those guns people have the right to carry, and all the murders constantly covered on the news which make people feel like they should probably carry a gun, just in case...

Comment I don't mean to be a grammar nazi, but... (Score 1) 87

... how many polices is the editor talking about which probe virtual worlds for money trail(s)? Or perhaps they (in the 3rd person singular sense of "they") meant to write "Aussie Police Probes ..."

Or maybe they're discussing some police probe based virtual worlds in which the communities are collectively in favour of a particular money trail?

I'm not a native English speaker, so I might be wrong in pointing out that there is a problem here. But I don't think I am.

Comment Re:I suspect... (Score 2, Informative) 187

Heck, even trains, the one kind of vehicle that could drive itself completely safely today, are still manned by "drivers" who spend their time pushing a button to tell the computer they're still alive, because passengers would be scared without drivers and unions prevent their removal from the trains.

Well except in at least Copenhagen, Denmark, where our metro is without in-train operators. As far as I know there is no union for the operating computers, as they have yet to gain sentience.

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