iPhone showed to the world its new iPhone XS. For good reasons – for those who have brains to see what’s going to happen in the next decade – it left some viewers thoroughly unsettled: Face ID. Face recognition will allow people to unlock the new flagship smartphone just using their face. Apple hailed the technology as the “future of how we unlock iPhones and protect sensitive information.”
Describing how Face ID will work, Apple said:
Every time you glance at iPhone X, it detects your face with an IR image, the dot projector projects IR dots, the image and the dot pattern create a mathematical model of your face, which is checked against the one you make when you set it up. And it unlocks the phone in real-time.
Still, let’s be honest here. Apple already has from their users: address and billing information, touch ID, Apple Pay and all your personal history using Apple devices. If you are a user of Apple ID, you already know what it is. For those who doesn’t know:
Apple Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service by Apple Inc. that allows users to make payments in person, in iOS apps, and on the web. It is supported on the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. It digitizes and can replace a credit or debit card chip and PIN or magnetic stripe transaction at a contactless-capable point-of-sale terminal.
Nonetheless, iPhone XS can open the doors for knuckleheads surveillance and espionage agencies and governments expand what we saw in Minority Report movie. An algorithm looking patterns in your behaviors and habits can determine if you can turn yourself in some sort of “pre-crime”. It’s madness. It’s all about guessing. No one will ever know for sure who will do or not do anything related to commit a remote crime in the future. But what the heck is “pre-crime”? Let’s take a look on it.
Pre-crime, is a vast potpourri of information, on everyday activities, used to try to predict and prevent future behavior. In ‘predictive’ policing, computer algorithms identify signs of pre-crime in a realm in which we are all potential suspects. Similar to the state of affairs depicted in the 2002 movie, ‘Minority Report’, psychic ‘precogs’ discern which ‘criminals’ to pursue before they commit a crime.
Hartford, CT, is now using what some say looks an awful lot like pre-crime technology.
‘Like cities across the country, we’ve been grappling with ways to use this technology to make our residents safer and our communities stronger’, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in an interview with Vice News. ‘At the same time we’re being very sensitive to concerns about civil liberties.’ – Bleeping Computer website by Candice Lanier.
BriefCam, An Israeli-American cyber business, provides video search technology that is now being utilized in Hartford. BriefCam’s video analysis software compresses hours of video into more compact presentations, referred to as “events.” In cities comparable to Hartford, with at least 700 surveillance cameras accessible to police, this software reduces to minutes results that would normally take days to process.
Law enforcement’s foray into utilizing this type of technology is not without its critics. Local residents and state chapters of the ACLU are uneasy with police departments’ use of technology for which they say the endgame seems disturbingly clear.
Currently being employed in Fresno, CA, one example of the use of pre-crime technology is described by the Washington Post:
…officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.
The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.
The man had a firearm conviction and gang associations, so out of caution police called a negotiator. The suspect surrendered, and police said the intelligence helped them make the right call — it turned out he had a gun.
I’ve seem lots of people happy with their new iPhone Xs. There is nothing to do about them. And what about you and your family future? From every now and on, everyone is in the same Big Brother bag. Let’s see if this Minority Report future will become more real than ever because there’s no undo about this for Apple customers. The old models will start slowing down till stop. Will exist room for a new generation of iPhone Xs, XI and XII? It’s all on you.