U.S. looks to replace human surveillance with computers | Security & Privacy - CNET News
Think of it as a much, much smarter version of a red light camera: the unblinking eye of computer software that monitors dozens or even thousands of security camera feeds could catch illicit activities that human operators — who are expensive and can be distracted or sleepy — would miss. It could also, depending on how it’s implemented, raise similar privacy and civil liberty concerns.
Alessandro Oltramari, left, and Christian Lebiere say their software will « automatize video-surveillance, both in military and civil applications. » ;
A paper (PDF) the researchers presented this week at the Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security conference outside of Washington, D.C. — today’s sessions are reserved only for attendees with top secret clearances — says their system aims “to approximate human visual intelligence in making effective and consistent detections.”
Their Army-funded research, Oltramari and Lebiere claim, can go further than merely recognizing whether any illicit activities are currently taking place. It will, they say, be capable of “eventually predicting” what’s going to happen next.
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