posted on Jan, 4 2019 @ 07:16 AM
a reply to: JAGStorm
I think we're halfway there and there won't be any going back once we're all immersed in that new reality. Android and Apple phones are always
tracking where you are. Most modern vehicles have Sat-nav. Facebook knows where you are, Google knows where you are. They share information with
credit card corporations etc. It's all piped down to 'five eyes' and the court of public approval as well as private entities.
There may come a point when your face can be searched across multiple networks and will draw down remarkably in-depth information about you, your
family and your associates. China's doing it all up front and the West is a little more circumspect. It'll be a great way to reduce miscarriages of
justice and, like you ask, a smart way to catch criminals.
There's a big debate on the intellectual fringes of China that the tech will be used to suppress political opposition. Grass roots dissidence, for
example, won't ever gain oxygen under so much surveillance. We run the inevitable risk here too. If you can catch shoplifters, the temptation will
arise for political, industrial and corporate espionage to influence the world.
I'm definitely in favour of using the tech to prevent crime (not thought crime, political crime etc) as long as someone, somewhere is able to use good
ethics and not drag us into a dystopic future. Have we seen any recent signs of an ethical approach?! Nope! It's all done in back rooms and we have to
have faith in them.
(basically the same fears as musicismagic)