It’s fascinating to see the speed of progress in AI while improving our lives significantly. There have been some major breakthroughs in the healthcare sector, travel sector, etc. But what is most noticeable is the increase of usage of AI for surveillance.
Certainly, there are benefits from using AI for surveillance, like an ambulance to be able to locate someone in case of an emergency or even retrace your steps (say you got food poisoning).It also could be used to track or keep an eye on a certain individual who’s been on a short leash with the law. The list could go on and on. But the main concern is how it is going to be used by certain governments and private groups.
Within a year NtechLab (a facial recognition company) is planning on deploying a fully operational surveillance AI “aggression detection”. The purpose of this AI is detecting whether an individual leans towards committing a crime or not.
While this product could be beneficial in some way or the other, the main concern lies on where and how it is going to be used. Recently, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a mysterious Middle East partner injected an additional 15 million dollars into this program. These parties being involved is highly troublesome considering the actions taken by them in the past couple years and their stand on democracy. Multiple case studies had been made on similar products, and the results were worrisome.
I would like to say we should be worried, but it is too late. I guess all we can do now is hope that certain regulatory actions well be implemented while moving into the future.