Person of Interest is a television series about a super Artificial Intelligence.
On the show AI does mass surveillance of people from all around the world and can predict crimes before they happen. The show was released in 2011 but now we are seeing the real thing popping across the US.
Farmington Hills, Michigan is using the “Intellistreets system”:
The new high tech surveillance street lights have speakers, LED signs, cameras and crowd counters. The street lights can be programmed by authorities to show any message. They can also be used to track citizens.
Chicago, IL is using the “Heat List” system:
The “Heat List”: Person-based predictive policing use criminal patterns as a key to identify risk factors and try to remedy the underlying environmental causes. Researchers at Chicago ITT developed an algorithm for the police to prioritize those most at risk by analyzing big data and providing individual threat scores to determine a likelihood of future violence.
San Francisco, CA is using the “AIsight Cameras” system:
An automated camera system called AIsight feeds real-time video and alerts authorities if it spots unusual activity. The cameras use a statistical method called machine learning to “learn what is normal for an area and then alerts on abnormal activity. It is creating a precursor pattern for human behavior. It treats everyone as a potential criminal and targets people for crimes they have not yet committed.
DHS is using the “FAST” system:
The Dept. of Homeland Security is using the “Future Attribute Screening Technology” system or (FAST) for short, uses sensors to collect video images, audio recordings, and psychophysiological measurements from the citizens going about their day unaware. It’s designed to track and monitor body movements, voice-pitch, and rhythm changes, eye movement, body heat, breathing patterns, blink rate, and pupil variation. It uses stealth physiological and behavioral sensor technology combined with observational techniques to detect signs of mental stress.