Re: It's in its infancy, but it will improve
>The knuckle-dragging Luddites always get in a froth when new technology is applied.
Seems an odd insult to lob at a tech audience, but whatever.
>* You have a personal tracing device in your pocket RIGHT NOW (your phone).
Actually it's on my desk ;) And I have as much of the tracking stuff as I can turned off most of the time
>* You have listening devices in your home RIGHT NOW (Smart TV, digital assistant, games console...)
Nope. The TV is dumb, I have a phobia about digital assistants, and I don't use or enable voice on my consoles
>* You have behaviour monitoring devices RIGHT NOW (activity tracker, internet connect fridge, home automation...)
My activity trackers are tracking the activity of the drawers they're languishing in. My fridge cannot connect to the internet (unless it's gained sentience and can now walk to a computer). I do have "smart" bulbs (not my idea) - which will tell anyone tracking that we turn the lights on when it gets dark and turn them off around the same point every night.
>* You are using facial recognition RIGHT NOW (Facebook, Windows, Apple...)
I have facial recognition on my Windows tablet. Which actually only seems to recognise one pair of glasses and not my actual face. Or any of my other glasses.
>* You are happy to be tracked RIGHT NOW (advertising)
My ad blocker etc usage would suggest otherwise.
My tracking bingo card tells me you forgot to mention travel cards such as Oyster, bank cards, loyalty cards and online shopping.
>If you are happy with all of those (and it seems you are given the up-take), then why are you getting >your gusset in such a twist of over the Met applying technology to public safety? Oh whoops, it's a >false positive. Big deal. 30 seconds out of your day to provide ID and carry on.
I don't live in a country where carrying ID is mandatory, and as I have no need to carry it on a regular basis I don't.
>If anything it will IMPROVE matters massively for those affected by the racist stop-and-search >policies as the AI system won't have the inherent biases of the prejudicial police officers.
Hahahahanope. As others have mentioned it has difficulties telling darker skinned faces apart(*) , and add to that the biases of those who will be training it, then it's really not going to make things better.
>The technology still needs to advance, but once it have it will be a MASSIVE BOON to society by >helping us to identify risk individuals before they have would have become known by traditional >means.
We've had incidents where people have been deemed to be at risk of causing violence by those closest to them, who have reported those people to the authorities, who've not taken action. This is people being reported by those who know them well, and who are in a good position to judge change in character, behaviours etc. What on earth makes you think facial recognition will improve this? How does "this face looks vaguely like this other face" improve on "this person has become more extreme in their views and I have reason to believe they will carry out their threats of violence"?
>More importantly, it will help prevent the police from wasting their time and innocent people
>who happen to be "the wrong colour".
Only if it improves enough to be able to detect differences in all skin tones equally. Only if accuracy improves so police aren't wasting their time chasing down people who look a bit like someone else. Only if you think the police fail to apprehend the "correct" people because they're wasting time chasing after innocent people. Only if you thing human biases won't affect how human police officers interpret the results of the AI.
>Get your heads out of your collective bum.
I think it's you has your head in yours.