Big Brother Is Watching And Speaking To You Condescendingly
from the eyes-and-mouth dept
The security camera has become a ubiquitous symbol of modern society. And along with the cameras becoming more common, more is being done to add to their functionality. Jay Walker proposed the idea of having people monitor security cameras in sensitive locations as a way of preventing terrorism. If the volunteer saw anything suspicious, like a person lurking where they shouldn’t be, they could click a button indicating as such. Of course, the ambitious plan never really took off. Now a town in England is trialing a new system whereby operators monitoring security cameras can yell at any miscreants and scofflaws they might see. So if a person, say, drops some litter, the operator can shout at them to pick it up and put it in the trash. Will it work? Cynically, some might say that since British police officers don’t care much weaponry, shouting at criminals is about as effective as anything else. Now, if they could just combine this idea with computers that use algorithms to detect suspicious behavior, they could get rid of the human operators and have insults hurled automatically.