by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life.
This week, drone surveillance has taken a new step in its scope and is finally encountering widespread media exposure and a fair amount of pushback.
The “Eye in the Sky” system is being developed by Cambridge University, according to a new report at CNET, for which designers will use Parrot drones to identify “violent poses” in crowds. The system will be powered by biometric recognition and artificial intelligence, as seen in the video below:
As you can see, the system is currently claiming 88% accuracy which, if true, is still quite unfortunate for the other 12% who will be open to being detained and interrogated based on false information if this system goes live as-is.
Although this system is in early development, the stage has been set this week for quick adoption of new drone surveillance technologies as they become available. In a Quartz report, writer David Gershgorn doesn’t mince words when he titles his article, “This is the week that the drone surveillance state became real.”
Affordable consumer technology has made surveillance cheap and commoditized AI software has made it automatic.
Those two trends merged this week, when drone manufacturer DJI partnered June 5 with Axon, the company that makes Taser weapons and police body cameras, to sell drones to local police departments around the United States. Now, not only do local police have access to drones, but footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.