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This has to be one of the scariest technology reads in a while.. 😯

 

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It - nytimes

 

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Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.

 

The potential for mis-use here is too huge for me to even begin to contemplate.. its the stuff that should be left as a Hollywood movie plot, not in the hands of a Startup..

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15 minutes ago, Blade404 said:

its the stuff that should be left as a Hollywood movie plot, not in the hands of a Startup..

Hollywood now has access to millions of actors. 


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So when you lock eyes with that person at the mall or on the train, and you just have one of those "I've never seen you before in my life, but let's get married" moments, you can just sneak a pic of them and find out who they are, where they live, and what they like. Then you can set up some romantic date, and either message them or just drive to their house, pick them up and swoon them off their feet. Next thing ya know, you're signing your 3rd child support check for the month with the cockroaches have a luau in your bathtub.

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What will the people that always comment "china/russia bad" on posts about this tech have to say about this?

 

pick one

  • They do it to prevent terror attacks
  • It's for national security
  • The government can prevent (pick any crime) by detecting it before it's commited
  • If you have nothing to hide then why worry?
  • It's ok if it's public

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47 minutes ago, Caroline said:

What will the people that always comment "china/russia bad" on posts about this tech have to say about this?

 

pick one

  • They do it to prevent terror attacks
  • It's for national security
  • The government can prevent (pick any crime) by detecting it before it's commited
  • If you have nothing to hide then why worry?
  • It's ok if it's public

How about

  • This is bad, regardless of who is doing it

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56 minutes ago, Caroline said:

What will the people that always comment "china/russia bad" on posts about this tech have to say about this?

 

pick one

  • They do it to prevent terror attacks
  • It's for national security
  • The government can prevent (pick any crime) by detecting it before it's commited
  • If you have nothing to hide then why worry?
  • It's ok if it's public
  • it's all for competition in the free market

Fixed that for you.


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So they took the evil half of the TV show Person of Interest and copied it by the book. 

All they need is to feed the ai their own governments data (if they aren't already) and boom, we have an ai with unrestricted and unknown power over the government. What could possibly go wrong? 


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31 minutes ago, sazrocks said:

How about

  • This is bad, regardless of who is doing it

They'd never say that

 

22 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

Fixed that for you.

Ah of course, the "free market" advocates, I should've known.


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8 minutes ago, Caroline said:

They'd never say that

This is bad, regardless of who’s doing it. 


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where did people think all this technology was going?  Seriously if you thought this would never happen or will never happen then you are not looking very hard at humanity.

 

 

Technology will either bury us or or make our society a utopian shangri-la.  Either way we will lose all subterfuge on the way. 


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39 minutes ago, DKL said:

So they took the evil half of the TV show Person of Interest and copied it by the book. 

All they need is to feed the ai their own governments data (if they aren't already) and boom, we have an ai with unrestricted and unknown power over the government. What could possibly go wrong? 

They might.  Some of the DMVs have been selling data.

 

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/ca-dmv-makes-50m-selling-personal-data-report-says/2202432/

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Oof looks like everyone who cares about privacy is going to have to wear a mask in public from now on


 

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1 hour ago, Arika S said:

bold of them to assume there are pictures of me on the internet

I've never shared any of the pictures I've taken with the hidden camera I installed in your shower, I promise!


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3 minutes ago, Worstcaster said:

They also are already uploading their own photos from crimescenes etc. to compare. Thus feeding it increasingly greater data overtime regardless 


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I wonder how this goes with privacy in Australia?   What with copyright being as it is I see a large grey area.

 


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2 hours ago, Blade404 said:

This has to be one of the scariest technology reads in a while.. 😯

 

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It - nytimes

 

Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.

 

The potential for mis-use here is too huge for me to even begin to contemplate.. its the stuff that should be left as a Hollywood movie plot, not in the hands of a Startup..

Facial recognition has it's uses, but this is one of the most evilest things humans have gone into next to landmines (which indiscriminately kills.)

 

Something can be considered evil if it indiscriminately makes no distinction between good and evil uses. This is why AI and Social media end up being used for evil, quite a bit. But by themselves, a human has to direct it to be evil.

 

Facial recognition allows law enforcement (in theory good) and marketers (very evil) access to peoples identities like never before. Not only that, it allows one to go on a fishing expedition. So say you've done nothing wrong, then one day you're in the right place at the wrong time. The cops show up at your door, accusing you of being a co-conspirator in some crime that you weren't even aware was happening. All because the AI driving the facial recognition can't tell the difference between perpetrator and witness.

 

Like, I personally think facial recognition can be used for good, but it needs to be operated at a municipal level at most and law enforcement/first responders should only be able to use it to identify victims and perpetrators, not witnesses. If a witness wants to come forward, that should be their prerogative. If you operate it at a state/provincial/federal level, or an international level (eg interpol) suddenly those weed possessions may as well be a red notice. If Law Enforcement decides someone is a wanted terrorist and wants global cooperation, that needs to be opt-in by the municipalities who have the technology. LEO's really need to a good reason to "fish" for a facial recognition hit (eg active shooter event) and can't just dragnet looking for people committing crimes as though they were operating a pre-crime operation. 

 

Which brings up the other half of the argument. How do you stay off the radar if you don't want to be tracked?

1. Never go outside

2. Wear heavy clothing like you're going skiing.

3. Hide your hair and ears with hats

4. Apply makeup and removable piercings when you do have to show your face.

 

Tangent to that. Don't get a passport, don't get a drivers license, and don't take selfies.

 

And so forth. It also makes people who do the above even more suspicious. 

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2 hours ago, Arika S said:

bold of them to assume there are pictures of me on the internet

I thought of that too until I found out some moron took a picture of me in high school (2 yrs ago) and posted it to facebook


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2 hours ago, Caroline said:

What will the people that always comment "china/russia bad" on posts about this tech have to say about this?

 

pick one

  • They do it to prevent terror attacks
  • It's for national security
  • The government can prevent (pick any crime) by detecting it before it's commited
  • If you have nothing to hide then why worry?
  • It's ok if it's public

As one of those people:

Tech like this, along with many other reasons, is precisely why I say "China/Russia bad." If it starts being used on any scale in the United States, or any country for that matter, I will say "China/Russia/United States/etc. bad"


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58 minutes ago, Kisai said:

 

 

Which brings up the other half of the argument. How do you stay off the radar if you don't want to be tracked?

1. Never go outside

2. Wear heavy clothing like you're going skiing.

3. Hide your hair and ears with hats

4. Apply makeup and removable piercings when you do have to show your face.

 

Tangent to that. Don't get a passport, don't get a drivers license, and don't take selfies.

 

And so forth. It also makes people who do the above even more suspicious. 

Even if you do that, there's cameras where you bought that hat/clothing/makeup etc.
They can track the clothing combination. Because AI.


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You all should know how this goes by now....

 

New start up makes scary new tech, the public rages, the corporations don't care. They demo the new tech, corporations get interested then Alphabet buys them for $1B despite them not even having a fully working product and incorporates the tech into Deepmind. We never hear about it again. The End.


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4 hours ago, Blade404 said:

This has to be one of the scariest technology reads in a while.. 😯

 

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It - nytimes

 

Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.

 

The potential for mis-use here is too huge for me to even begin to contemplate.. its the stuff that should be left as a Hollywood movie plot, not in the hands of a Startup..

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