As the human race becomes the tech race the good guys must win
Posted on 27th May 2019
Many years ago, in 1984 to be exact, one of our marketing team received a birthday card from his brother. On the front was the year – 1984 – in white type on a black background. Inside, was the message, “Big Brother hasn’t forgotten.”
Sadly, some of the dystopian images conjured up by George Orwell in 1984, and Aldous Huxley in Brave New World, are starting to come true. In particular, the facial recognition technology and ‘re-education’ of citizens in some countries is, in my opinion, not the end but merely the beginning of the end. And in case you think “ah, but this only happens in totalitarian countries like China,” consider the following.
Britain has more surveillance cameras than any country in the world, with the exception of China.
A man was fined £90 by the police because he covered his face while walking past facial recognition cameras in east London.
The police in the UK hold more than 20 million facial recognition images: that is nearly one third of the population and must include people you and I know (if not you and me).
There is currently no UK law regulating the use of facial recognition cameras.
This is an issue that unites people on both the left and the right, from the Guardian to the Telegraph. That fact alone ought to make us all take note. Clearly, properly used with built-in, audited legal safeguards, facial recognition technology can play a key role in keeping us safe. The question is, where do we draw the line and, equally importantly, where is the line currently drawn? When it comes to technological change, it’s important the good guys win.
Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT
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