Who Goes There?

My November column for The Engineer magazine is now available online too. It discusses some wild speculation about the future of face recognition technology.

What if neighbourhoods and shopping malls refuse entry to known or suspected offenders? What if airlines deny service to customers they consider ‘high risk’ based on their ethnicity? Journalists and stalkers could easily track the movements of celebrities using drones able to scan and recognise faces. On a more disturbing note, this technology could be used for assassinations, allowing a drone carrying a few grams of high explosive to select and pursue a target.

Read the whole thing here.

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Author: Gareth L Powell