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Just Like Minority Report: Face Reading Billboards Coming Soon

Here's the billboard scene from Minority Report:


Here's what's coming soon to a billboard near you, from the Washington Times:

As you scan the face on that giant billboard, it may just be scanning your face right back.

Increasingly sophisticated digital facial-recognition technology is opening new possibilities in business, marketing, advertising and law enforcement while exacerbating fears about the loss of privacy and the violation of civil liberties.

Businesses foresee a day when signs and billboards with face-recognition technology can instantly scan your face and track what other ads you’ve seen recently, adjust their message to your tastes and buying history and even track your birthday or recent home purchase. The FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies already are exploring facial-recognition tools to track suspects, quickly single out dangerous people in a crowd or match a grainy security-camera image against a vast database to look for matches.

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Jaron Lanier

I've been reading odd articles on Jaron Lanier since he did work on Lawnmower Man. He's very cool.

Virtual Reality has always interested me and I love techy crap. Here's one of the articles he wrote about working on Minority Report & the face recognition software you're talking about.


I'm sure we could all see the benefits as well as the risks. There are a LOT of geeks in the Ron Paul Revolution. Technology is fine, it's the misuse of it that's scary. Kind of like guns.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” - Mark Twain

Im not worried

my face will be covered.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

I'm not

worried about companies using this, I'm worried about the government criminals doing it.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

"Your Government"

is a coalition of privately owned corporations.

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

Already here in London

You can find them mostly at tube stations.

An alternative to the MSM Machine http://freedombroadcastingnetwork.com/
Ron Paul friendly news: http://www.newsetal.com/

Price of gold rises! Also face masks!


It worked nicely for Woody Allen's "parents" in Take The Money And Run.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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