Originally Posted by _02
A traditional camera can't do this. THIS system does it in real time. A normal non networked CCTV camera would require manually obtaining the footage, manually transferring it to a computer with specialized software, manually entering your facial characteristics and manually searching for something specific that they would go to all that trouble to find out. This system does it in real time as soon as you walk in front of it, connecting your face to networked databases instantly that are programmed to associate and initiate cascading sequences to facilitate.... whatever the designer wants. That is completely different.
I'm not sure the process would be quite as long as you're making out, more like just run the footage through the same software that's used on these cameras. Although that would take a bit more effort, it's totally viable if someone wanted that information for whatever reason.
OK, sure they'd then have an analysis of your face but there's nothing they can do with that until you sign up to the service or they get a hold of your face through some other, and illegal, means. While they could use this service maliciously my point is that they would have to break the law to do it. Not that I am for a moment saying that this is an impossibility.
You have a point there, but I believe the line on invasive technology is this. Unless someone can point to some real positive aspects beyond "minor theft deterrent" and "better selling of stuff" I can't see it outweighing the obvious sea of privacy concerns, potential abuses, etc.
While they may not seem like positive aspects to you (or me for that matter) I don't see the harm in the option being there so long as it's used for the purpose stated and only that purpose.
What I mean is that our future generations will be judged by their peers, and their peers will have formative experiences based on what we allow to happen now. Future generations don't have the luxury of shaping their past, they rely on people living NOW to make the right decisions.
I see what you're saying here, but again, I don't see the problem so long as it's only used for what's stated. If they go all Minority Report then I'll be protesting right there with you.
I think we both have pretty similar attitudes, the only difference being that you're assuming they're going to do more with it than what they claim. (Which is fair enough given some companies track records)