Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Today's scary thought, from the 1999 article "The Militarization of Policing in the Information Age", Journal of Political and Military Sociology:

"It (police video surveillance) has reached the point that a city dweller in Britain can now expect to be caught on film every five minutes. The British government has recently granted a research team at the university of Bristol's experimental psychology department fifty thousand pounds to develop a system to predict in real time when a crime is about to occur. This will be accomplished by scrutinizing existing CCTV tapes and determining which recorded behaviors and gestures tend to precede crimes. This knowledge will then be embedded in a program that will alert the police when CCTV cameras record such behavior on the street, prompting police targeting and intervention before a crime has actually taken place."

Enter the "Minority Report".

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