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Big Brother is getting bigger

Big Brother is getting bigger and bigger. I bet Orwell’s self esteem would have had a boost if he were to live today. The guy truly was a visionary.

The Economist writes about the several techniques of surveillance and face recognition functioning today and reading about them can bring chills on one’s spine.

“As for businesses, Quividi, a French marketer, can measure the age and gender of passers-by who linger at an advert; advertisers vary their offerings based on who is looking. A service called SceneTap gives similar information on the crowd in Chicago bars. The smiles of employees at Keihin Electric Express Railway in Japan are assessed by computer. Facebook, a social network, recognises uploaded photos. The latest smartphones can spot their users.”

But the thing is governments are more and more interested in using these technologies. Read the whole report HERE.