AI and Facial Recognition are coming to routine traffic stops. The technology is also being pushed for use in conjunction with drones, to track and identify people even in hard to reach places, deep in forests, for example.
Oh, and some of the same companies producing this technology are also investing in “privacy centered” decentralized social media networks, medical field diagnostic technology and more.
If it all sounds like a tech-driven decimation of human rights and Constitutional privacy protections, many advocates would agree.
They’ve been fighting against the use of facial recognition and drones against civilians, without narrow and strict laws that protect rights of citizens.
But they’re fighting a losing battle.
Companies building commercial AI tech solutions have their hooks in local and Federal law enforcement, and in virtually all other government agencies. They are quickly becoming standard partners in every industry, and are working with more and more universities to train and develop an AI industry that is fast revolutionizing the world and how it works.
In short, AI is fast becoming ascendant as a technological force, even without an official moment of “Singularity,” a term invented to describe the point at which AI becomes more capable in every respect than human intelligence.
ThirdEye Pushing the “Benefits” of Intrusive AI Tech
One current AI company with deep connections to government and industry is ThirdEye.
The company mostly specializes in offering commercial AI technology in the fields of law enforcement, medical practice, telecoms e-commerce and more.
The following is an an example of their pitch for their intrusive police facial recognition tech:
“Envision this: Your law enforcement unit has a traffic stop set up on a local highway, hoping to quickly resolve an AMBER Alert that was shared publicly earlier in the day. Officers wearing an augmented reality headset are able to run live facial scans of each person stopping at the highway barricade. Within the initial 6 hours that the AMBER Alert is sent out to the public, your unit has already identified and apprehended the kidnapper while safely returning the child home to their family.
“By combining the most powerful AR and AI tools available on the market today, law enforcement departments can reach new heights with emergency response, criminal apprehension, and overall public safety…”
ThirdEye aggressively markets its facial recognition tech to governmental and law enforcement bodies despite current legal restrictions on the technology, and significant concerns of advocates across the political spectrum.
The Trends Journal has detailed some of those concerns in articles such as “RETROACTIVE FACIAL RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE THROUGHOUT EU” (12 Apr 2022).
Another law enforcement solution being promoted by ThirdEye involves drone technology. DroneEye, is an Augmented Reality (AR) system that blends cutting-edge smart glasses with unmanned aerial drones (UADs).
By utilizing VR eyewear and using other equipment, officers operating a UAD can see live drone feeds while being situationally aware of their surroundings.
According to the company, DroneEye can empower emergency first responders to analyze emergency situations faster, including using thermal scans from an airborne viewpoint to find persons who have been stranded by natural disasters.
The company touts better outcomes for victims of hurricanes, landslides, earthquakes, forest fires, and other natural disasters, due to their technology.
But the ability—and ramifications—of being able to track, find and surveil citizens in public or private settings in almost any geographic situation, means the reach of government is quickly attaining an unprecedented new level of power.
This imbalance of power between citizens and government has human rights advocates sounding alarm bells.
The Trends Journal has noted rising issues and concerns surrounding drones (see “DRONE ATTACKS AND SURVEILLANCE ARE ON THE RISE” 16 Nov 2021).
The rubrics of “children,” “safety” and “security” are often used to sell the invasive, freedom and human rights trampling technology.
Of course, young people ravaged by gang influence and culture, exponentially rising inflows of synthetic drugs like fentanyl, and systematic grooming and medical travesties being perpetrated under the banner of “transgenderism,” is all being actively abetted by government policies regarding lax border enforcement, gender propaganda, legal system “reforms” and other policies.
Not only that. Policies of The COVID War have devastated a generation of young people, and have resulted in an unprecedented rise in crime as people who, in the words of Gerald Celente, “have nothing left to lose, lose it.”
The Trends Journal has covered the damage in many articles, including:
- “THE NEW LOST GENERATION” (26 Apr 2022)
- “U.N. DIRECTORS: CLOSING SCHOOLS IS CREATING A “LOST GENERATION” (1 Dec 2020)
- “SCHOOL LOCKDOWNS KILLING STUDENTS” (2 Feb 2021)
- “FACE MASKS: ENOUGH ALREADY” (12 Oct 2021)
- “COVID ERA DRUG DYSTOPIA KILLING FAR MORE AMERICAN YOUTH THAN COVID” (1 Feb 2022)
- “SADLY, AS FORECAST: FIGHTING THE COVID WAR = RECORD-BREAKING OPIOID DEATHS” (23 Nov 2021)
- “NYC: SURGE IN SHOOTINGS & SUBWAY ATTACKS” (18 May 2021)
- “COVID CRIME WAVE SPIKES, DRUG STORES CLOSE” (19 Oct 2021)
- “CHICAGO’S COVID CRIME WAVE FOLLOWS SAN FRAN’S MODEL” (26 Oct 2021)
- “NEW YORK, NEW YORK. IT’S CRIME TIME” (12 Apr 2022)
All this should be kept in mind when politicians invoke “safety” to erode and subvert rights and Constitutional protections.
Incredibly, though ThirdEye is on the forefront of developing problematically intrusive tech, they recently launched a “free” decentralized metaverse based social media platform to the public with the promise of protecting the private data of users.
According to the company, advantages of the platform compared with conventional social media platforms include:
- lack of banning/censorship due to the site’s code running publicly on the blockchain
- user control of personal data which will not be owned by any central entity; and
- integration of AR/AI elements for a more immersive social experience
It all sounds laudable. But then, former slogans and promises of “don’t be evil” (Google), “What’s Happening” Twitter and “Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life” all once sounded pretty good, too.
How Intrusive Technology is Being Regulated Into Products
Tech companies aren’t just satisfied to have their “innovations” compete in an open and relatively free marketplace.
They are actively engaged in influencing political bodies on the federal, state and local levels to mandate the implementation of their technology.
While this benefits the companies lobbying for their tech, by guaranteeing them revenue streams by forced buys of their technology, it often runs directly contrary to the democratic will of the people.
It’s another corrosion of electoral citizen power at the expense of a corporate-government nexus leveraging control via deep integrations with agencies, bureaucracies, politicians and the legal system.
There are literally thousands of technology mandates that have been lobbied for and implemented across virtually every field, impacting the rights and freedoms of citizens, often in the name of “safety / security,” “equity” and the environment. To give just a few examples:
- A backdoor “kill switch” provision is buried in the Biden 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in late 2021. It mandates technology in cars that could enable police to not only turn off a person’s vehicle, but also mine data, including geo-location and passenger load. The tech is mandated for newly manufactured cars starting in 2026.
- COVID gene therapies deceptively labeled vaccines were aggressively pushed and mandated via aggressive pharmaceutical lobbying
- COVID “Contact Tracing” and “Passport” technology and apps were developed by tech companies and pushed in concert with government mandates during the COVID War, in an unprecedented infringement of citizen rights of privacy and freedoms
- COVID lockdowns advocated by tech firms “coincidentally” speeded implementation of worker surveillance technology. A recent article in The Economist noted that sales of surveillance software dramatically increased beginning about April 2020 for companies like Time Doctor, which captures films of users’ displays or takes periodic images to check they are at their computer. Those at DeskTime, a company that counts time spent on tasks, more than doubled during that time. In 2021, a study of more than 1,000 businesses in the United States revealed that 60 percent of them utilized monitoring software of some kind.
- The Federal government worked with tech companies to pressure the medical industry to move to electronic health record systems (EHRs). Many serious compromises of health data have come as a result of pressure to adopt technology which did not have mature security protocols in place to prevent data hacking and misuse
- Federal authorities have repeatedly worked with and pressured social media platforms to implement technology to censor unwanted narratives, political perspectives and fact-based news under the propaganda guise of preventing “dangerous disinformation” (see “DANGEROUS DISINFORMATION” LABEL BEING USED TO GUT FUNDAMENTAL FREE SPEECH RIGHTS” and “GOVERNMENT: FREE SPEECH IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH”)
- Bush and Obama era mandates phasing out incandescent light bulbs were a boon to LED and other lighting technology. Claims of efficiency and longevity proved to be misrepresented, with class action lawsuits successfully litigated against some manufacturers. The Trump administration reversed the incandescent phase-out, but the Biden Administration has now mandated that the sale of most incandescent light bulbs will be banned by July 2023.
- “Green” energy tech has been progressively mandated and subsidized as a result of proactive lobbying by interests of companies and entities heavily invested in the technology.
Aspects of the ways tech companies are lobbying governments to mandate their technologies into products and society in general has been highlighted in recent Trends Journal articles including “ENERGY INFLATION AND GREEN ENERGY TYCOONS” (17 May 2022) and “YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES WILL BE TIED TO AI SURVEILLANCE” (5 Apr 2022).
Again, some advocates are at least trying to galvanize people to stand up to the tech-fueled destruction of their freedoms and privacy rights.
Bob Barr, former House representative and long-time critic of government intrusions surrounding the post 9/11 “War On Terror,” said the car “kill-switch” regulations are a “privacy disaster in the making,” and noted that the law is “disturbingly short on details.”
“What we do know is that the ‘safety’ device must ‘passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired. Everything about this mandatory measure should set off red flares.”
The Trends Journal previously covered the U.S. government “BRIAR” surveillance tech initiative, and objections of rights groups like INCLO (International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations). For more on that, see “COVERING YOUR FACE NOT ENOUGH: GOV’T DEVELOPING WHOLE-BODY BIOMETRICS TO IDENTIFY YOU” (22 Mar 2022).
Tech Giants Propelling AI Both In-House and Via “Bigs Getting Bigger” Buy Ups
Tech giants virtually all have business models that are dependent on AI technology.
Amazon’s selling platform has been progressively designed and improved to leverage AI sifting through the data of many thousands of sellers, to allow Amazon itself to develop and sell lines of products against those businesses. Amazon has been caught illegally leveraging privileged knowledge to compete with businesses using its selling platform. (See: “AMAZON CAUGHT ILLEGALLY UNDERCUTTING COMPETITION,” 19 Oct 2021 and “AMAZON USING DIGITAL BOOK DOMINANCE TO CENSOR,” 16 Mar 2021.)
Google, meanwhile, employs sophisticated AI powered search algorithms to determine what users see when they query the company’s dominant search engine. AI helps analyze content from websites that are then indexed to appear when “relevant” to search queries.
According to tech and search optimization company Semrush, Google closely guards the workings of its algorithms, supposedly to prevent people from “gaming” search engine results. Many believe that Google itself is the biggest “gaming” culprit, using its power to literally control what the world sees and finds via its search engine.
In addition to employing AI in their own core services, Amazon and Google also offer AI powered apps to other companies via their web and business services platforms.
These companies, and other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook are funneling billions into AI projects. But despite huge internal and partner investments (with universities and consortium partners, etc) in AI, huge corporations gain many of their biggest innovations by what Gerald Celente calls “Bigs Getting Bigger.”
In other words, tech elites are using their huge war chests to snatch up smaller, more agile technology companies with cutting-edge innovations.
The practice is so pervasive, that very few small traditionally constructed companies are able to resist the lure of buy outs when the tech giants come calling.
The result is an oligarchic tech monopoly that exists at the current time. The Trends Journal has covered this phenomenon in stories such as “HOW BIG TECH MAINTAINS ITS MONOPOLY” (17 Aug 2021) and “HOW BIG TECH MAINTAINS ITS MONOPOLY: A FOLLOW-UP” (24 Aug 2021).
Unfortunately, there is almost no effective push-back or regulation by governments to keep the concentration of power in the tech industry in check.
Indeed, many of the politicians, judges and other officials that are supposed to act on behalf of the interests of their citizenry, are hopelessly compromised by their financial interests, campaign contributions, and other ties to big tech.
For more on that, see:
- “PELOSI’S PROFIT FROM PENTAGON SWITCH TO AMAZON” (13 Jul 2021)
- “GEN Z USING LAWMAKERS AS STOCK ORACLES” (28 Sep 2021)
- “AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM: A CRIME SYNDICATE?” (5 Oct 2021)
Given the deep infiltration and co-option of political institutions by technocratic corporations, average citizens are now facing assaults on their social and personal freedoms in every aspect of their lives.
Unfortunately, the monumental changes aren’t occurring via a process of freely choosing to implement technology that truly improves every day living, or those oft-quoted goals of “security,” “equity” and “the environment.”
Instead, technocratic elites are using a shadow play of democratic process to enrich themselves, force their technology on the masses, and exert even greater control over the entire rotten-to-the-core, rigged game.