1. Exquisite Tweets from @jburnmurdoch, @robfordmancs, @thomasforth, @danc00ks0n

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    The pace of the surveillance boom is frightening.

    Last year 2,910 patents were approved worldwide for facial recognition technologies, up 400% over 5 years.

    For surveillance tech patents the 📈 was 380%.

    From this brilliant @henrymance story on privacy ft.com/content/c4288d…

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    John Burn-Murdoch

  2. The Philip K Dick dystopian future is here!

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    The pace of the surveillance boom is frightening.

    Last year 2,910 patents were approved worldwide for facial recognition technologies, up 400% over 5 years.

    For surveillance tech patents the 📈 was 380%.

    From this brilliant @henrymance story on privacy ft.com/content/c4288d…

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    Rob Ford

  3. Yes. Although of course it is not literally *here*. It's in China and the USA. Europe would struggle to join in even if we did want to.

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    Tom Forth

  4. Well, except lots of those US patents are being used on millions of Europeans...

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    John Burn-Murdoch

  5. Do you think? The facial recognition stuff I've seen being used by police forces etc... was all open source and thus pretty awful. But I admit I don't know beyond that.

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    Tom Forth

  6. Agreed re most open source stuff, but lots of the patents here are the big companies like Amazon etc. We're doing more on this FYI, so further detail to follow...

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    John Burn-Murdoch

  7. I will watch with intense interest and a pinch of the usual scepticism. I look forward to it.

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    Tom Forth

  8. Also, on the surveillance side, loads of images being captured now could be run through more mature FR tech in a few years' time, so the scale of capture tech is arguably more troubling than FR tech from some perspectives.

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    John Burn-Murdoch

  9. There is certainly plenty of room for argument about how troubling it is ;)

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    Tom Forth

  10. So does that explain why Chinese are often seen wearing face masks in public places (maybe it’s not the pollution)?

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    Dan Cookson

  11. Pretty sure it's a mix of,
    1/ the pollution.
    2/ cultural norms that if you have a cold you should make a big effort not to spread it.

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    Tom Forth

  12. Didn’t know of 2/
    That’s considerate.
    Precisely opposite behaviour of non-vaccinators

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    Dan Cookson

  13. 2/ is so common in East Asian cultures (and very possibly elsewhere) that the emoji for being sick includes wearing a mask. 😷

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    Tom Forth

  14. Learned something new today! Have often wondered about this myself, very interesting, thanks.

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    Rob Ford

  15. Yeah this was one of the first of many fascinating things I learned in Japan. It was pretty common to see coworkers wearing masks in the office, with little decongestant vapour devices on their desks.

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    John Burn-Murdoch

    Agreed 🙂. I lean skeptic on all of this, but try to keep as open a mind as poss.

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    John Burn-Murdoch