New UK smart CCTV cameras detect ‘precrimes’

Paul Raven @ 29-11-2008

"one nation under cctv" by BanksyLiving in a small city like mine, it’s not often one gets to feel that one is at the cutting edge of an emerging future society.

So how lucky for myself and the other residents of the over-stretched city of Portsmouth that we are the first town in the UK to be under the observation of Phildickian ‘smart’ CCTV cameras that are programmed to flag up an alert when they observe ‘suspicious behaviour’ that might indicate a crime is about to be committed.

You know, those sure-fire indicators of criminality… such as standing still for a while, or stopping to talk to someone. I would like to take this opportunity to praise the glorious leadership of Airstrip One for going to such efforts to ensure that any and all double-plus-ungood actions can be eradicated before they even have a chance to occur!

If anyone needs me, I’ll be typing a letter to the German Embassy requesting political asylum. [image by JapanBlack]

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4 Responses to “New UK smart CCTV cameras detect ‘precrimes’”

  1. Jason Stoddard says:

    Holy moly. I wonder how they decided on the right parameters for the algorithm. Seems like infinite possibilities for spoofage.

  2. Paul Raven says:

    The upside being it should be easy to swamp it with false positives, which will batter its efficacy. Not that I’d advocate interfering with the surveillance infrastructure of the state, of course. 🙂

  3. Tom Marcinko says:

    You must feel so safe, Paul.

  4. Kian says:

    I KNEW those guys with billboards directing me to pizzahut were up to something.