posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:15 PM
I believe the government is about to seriously change the "war on drugs".
Not so long ago, you could pass through the centre of London without being filmed even once. Today too many paths are blocked for it to be physically
possible (above ground level, anyway's!). The only time (I imagine) it would be possible, is if there was an extensive power cut, and even then many
cameras, have their own battery back-up.
In another 20 years I expect we will have two systems working simultaneously: Licence Plate Recognition, coupled with Face Recognition on all
public transport, all major roads, and streets. And whatever happens, it'll only take 1-2 decades (after that) for the (new) infrastructure to
possess truly penetrating abilities.
Because since we can store more and more information on computer chips, its not going to be expensive-hard archiving billions of hours of CCTV
footage, all at very little cost.
Once information is stored digitally it can be watched by computer software, because they have the advantage of being obedient, 247, watchmen, who'll
work only for the cost of the electricity that feeds them.
For all we know, it could still take a few decades (more) for a computers intelligence to truly bypass a persons. But (given where we are already now)
its hardly going to be long for software that can (help) a few human staff, operate a massive CCTV system. It could spot, then zoom in on e.g.: An
assault taking place at a crowded pub, a handbag grab, a shopper showing sighs of stealing, and (one day) (perhaps) even detect a typical, ATS
user, "thinking about something too deeply-inappropriately"!!!