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Because Facial Recognition Makes Students and Faculty Less Safe, 40+ Rights Groups Call on Universities to Ban Technology

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/13/because-facial-recognition-makes-students-and-faculty-less-safe-40-rights-groups

Surely this species is in free fall to the bottom of the abyss. Convergence of all our sins has pushed us over the brink and our big brains haven’t made enough of us smart enough to stop it. I will not give in to pessimism. We just have to keep trying harder. (I think I must sound like Benjamin from Animal Farm, don’t I?)


I like to think of you as an original thinker that can generalize concepts and apply them independently.
Your assessment is worth consideration with the exception that “work harder” is not always the best course, I think work differently might catch on. No effort.


1984 on steroids…

Thousands of years without computerized AI … both terms harken back to 1500s

"artificial" adj. … late 14c., “not natural or spontaneous,” from Old French artificial, from Latin artificialis “of or belonging to art,” from artificium “a work of art; skill; theory, system,” from artifex (genitive artificis) “craftsman, artist, master of an art” (music, acting, sculpting, etc.), from stem of ars “art” (see art (n.)) + -fex “maker,” from facere “to do, make” (from PIE root *dhe- “to set, put”).

Earliest use in English is in the phrase artificial day “part of the day from sunrise to sunset” (as opposed to the natural day of 24 hours). Meaning “made by man, contrived by human skill and labor” is from early 15c. The word was applied from 16c. to anything made in imitation of, or as a substitute for, what is natural, whether real (light, tears) or not (teeth, flowers). Meaning “fictitious, assumed, not genuine” is from 1640s; that of “full of affectation, insincere” is from 1590s. Artificial insemination dates from 1894. Artificial intelligence “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines” was coined in 1956.

"intelligence" n. late 14c., “the highest faculty of the mind, capacity for comprehending general truths;” c. 1400, “faculty of understanding, comprehension,” from Old French intelligence (12c.) and directly from Latin intelligentia, intellegentia “understanding, knowledge, power of discerning; art, skill, taste,” from intelligentem (nominative intelligens) “discerning, appreciative,” present participle of intelligere “to understand, comprehend, come to know,” from assimilated form of inter “between” (see inter-) + legere “choose, pick out, read,” from PIE root *leg- (1) “to collect, gather,” with derivatives meaning “to speak (to ‘pick out words’).”

Meaning “superior understanding, sagacity, quality of being intelligent” is from early 15c. Sense of “information received or imparted, news” first recorded mid-15c., especially “secret information from spies” (1580s). Meaning “a being endowed with understanding or intelligence” is late 14c. Intelligence quotient first recorded 1921 (see I.Q.).

Thank you etymology online


Wow, that last post by theoldgoat is one for the ages.
Mine is simple. We might want to keep wearing face masks after the corona virus is under control. A shame that we have to hide out in the land of the free.


…said Jake Martinez, director of youth programs at the New York Civil Liberties Union. “Students should not have to give up their privacy and take part in this dangerous project as a prerequisite to stepping foot on campus.”

Hate to break this to you Jake, but students going into Uni now gave up their right to privacy when their parents used FaceBurp to post their picture only moments after they were born. And the kids continued to give up their privacy when they continued to post their every mood and move on the same FacePoop.

Kids really do not have any idea what privacy IS let alone why it is so important still less why to fight for it.


We can institute facial recognition but we can’t ban assault rifles.


4th amendment and “unreasonable search and seizure.” Hmmm, the spy people made Bluffdale ( interesting name) with supposedly every phone call , where communication is caught up and kept. BLUFFdale though is the name. Are they trying to scare people with a bluff?
Although, if some people are to be spied upon and some not----well, sadly Diane Feinstein and others in Congress did find out that the NSA was spying on all of them when the NSA guy smiled on video and said yes, the NSA did track them. WOW, who’s tracking the NSA guys?
SO------ we could develop a government where all the elected ones were spied upon. I guess, even the Trump person too. We;;, I guess we don’t ever need to call any witnesses for the next Trump debacle—as the NSA has already taped all the phone calls. LOL, oh right , Nixon got foiled by his own tapes too.
Wow, so we could develop a government where all the elected were spied upon. I guess, even that Trump person too. Well —I guess we didn’t need to call any witnesses re: what Trump said or didn’t say—some spy must have all of that information somewhere. Bluffdale for all the elected too? Wow,apparently Mr. ghost of Ben Franklin----that democratic republic was lost years ago----still if Trump gets any weirder, we would hope that YOU spy guys might be helpful -----are there spies monitoring Trump too?
OH wait— who needs witnesses and evidence—just call on the NSA. :0

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I think George Orwell would say, “Damn! This is worse than the crap I wrote about! I’m sure glad I don’t live in the 21st century.”

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Yeah, it makes me think of disguises, too, lol.
Here in San Diego our (hoch-ptui) mayor sneaked this spyware into my 95% African American neighborhood first of all, at the first opportunity. (Uh, we let him know in no uncertain terms to point those cameras where the sun don’t shine…)

Of course, the big push to roll out 5G everywhere is not because people need more speed to look at maps or find a place to eat, but because facial recognition requires a lot of bandwidth…