By Tom Z
10:00 AM EDT, September 11, 2012
The FBI is about to spend $1 billion to implement facial-recognition technology as a crime-fighting technique. This will allow the feds to pick out criminals out of a crowd using basic everyday security cameras. It will also make it a lot easier for the FBI to tag people on their Facebook page. From Mashable:
Government agencies will now start using a person’s face, along with other biometric data like DNA analysis, iris scans, and voice identification, to determine a person’s identity. In other words, if you have a criminal record, the police will no longer simply take your fingerprints and snap a mugshot; they’ll keep a record accurate enough to let them pick you out of crowd anywhere you go.
I should have become a cop. The way technology is going, in ten years cops won't even have to leave their desk to bust crime. A facial-recognition camera will identify the perpetrators and a robot will apprehend them. All the cops will have to do is control the robot with a joystick. It'll be like playing Mario Kart, except now Bowser is a breaking & entering suspect. If any high school kids are reading this, make sure you think about where technology is headed before you choose your college major. You can major in criminal justice, and in ten years you'll be paid for watching video screens. Or you can be like me and major in radio/TV/film, and in ten years, two of those three things won't even exist.
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