Mass surveillance will become significantly cheaper and more ubiquitous in the next decade, predicts Bill Davidow, author and computing expert. Both participatory and involuntary surveillance will make privacy a near impossibility in the future, he says.
In the past, surveillance was labor intensive, but with new technology and automation the cost of surveillance will continue to decline. Technology is the base of surveillance systems, and with a number of technologies improving at the rate of 40 percent a year, the performance and capability of these systems will continue to increase.
And with that, privacy will decrease. Technologies that identify people’s faces when entering a store or even an airplane could eventually become a possibility. Facial recognition will have the opportunity to bring about new ways for collecting data – triggered by facial features instead of how they are today, through cell phone numbers, emails and loyalty cards.
Over time, these technologies will only continue to advanced, and as such, make privacy nearly impossible.
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