Advertisers embed sound markers in their ads that can be secretly ‘heard’ by other apps. Thus, users are being tracked and analyzed and have absolutely no clue of their loss of privacy. This practice should be immediately outlawed and subject to criminal prosecution. Technocrats have no conscience about using technology to skirt the intent and/or letter of the law.
May 12, 2017
If surveillance AI fails to catch the criminal before he acts, it will certainly catch him after the crime is committed. Some will say this spells the end of crime, but it will also put innocent people in jail with little right to appeal. Will judges and juries be automated as well?
Nation-states are slow to react to threats against citizen allegiance, but they are now reacting against Google and Facebook to take back their own digital space. Social networks are truly trans-national in nature, and are not respecters of borders, language or culture.
Pre-crime analysis is a holy grail of surveillance technology, but it is fraught with social and ethical problems. Technocrats build these systems because it is a pre-requisite for Technocracy and also just because they can. All ethical discussion is swept aside.