There has been a lot of people speculating on how the combination of artificial intelligence and facial recognition will affect the future. Most of this speculation is focused on how this technology will be intrusive of our privacy rights.
It sounds scary
It sounds a bit scary when you first think about it. Anytime you are at an event, a mall, or even within a city there are cameras watching. When you combine these cameras with facial recognition the whole context changes. Government and even businesses will know exactly who you are and where you are.
Think about walking into a store. The computers will be able to identify you if you have been there before. If you previously bought something then the computers will know your name, what you bought, and whatever other information they may have been able to get from you when you made the purchase. Scary.
Think about going to a concert. When you scan your ticket the computers will be able to identify you and track you when you are at the venue. The computers will be able to track your movements, your actions, and what you buy. No doubt this information will be used to create an environment in which you will be apt to spend more money. Scary.
It sounds scary because it is scary. We accept that we are being tracked by our mobile phones. But with these devices we have the option to hit the power switch. We can just turn them off and we are free. With facial recognition we will be tracked and we have no control over how the information is being used.
The Power of Good in Facial Recognition cannot be Denied
Think about walking into a store. You will have incredible security and safety. You can let you children look at the toys without having to stand by within arms reach because you are wary for their safety. You know that anyone with a criminal record will already have the attention of security. The computers already know that those children belong you you. The computers will notify security if someone who does not belong approaches your kids while they are playing. But it would not even come to this because everyone will know that they can’t get away with crime in the building. The signs at the door already warn of this. Facial recognition and AI will prevent crime. It will eradicate crime because there is virtually no chance to get away with any crime.
Think about going to a concert. There will be no threat of terrorism. Facial recognition will let security know anytime that a suspected terrorist comes near the stadium. What if one of your children goes missing at the venue? Instead of frantically looking for your child you can report to the nearest security desk and have them locate your child and reunite you. But, you will not even need to do this. The AI can be programmed to recognize that your child is lost and distressed. It is likely that your child would be returned to you before you even know she was missing.
Think about the overall effect on crime.
Just to reiterate – IA combined with facial recognition – will eradicate many types of crime. Today, it is difficult to even think about getting away with shoplifting in Walmart. There are cameras everywhere. Only a fool would try to shoplift when they know that the chances of getting caught is nearly 100%.
If this premise holds true then AI and facial recognition will get better and better until society understands that it is virtually impossible to get away with stealing a car, kidnapping, theft, or virtually any crime.
People will no longer have to lock their doors. People will not have to worry about getting held up on the street. There will be no more drunk driving because the person who had too much to drink can be quickly intercepted before they get on the highway.