Emotion-recognition tech

The Guardian (March 03, 2021):

Smile for the camera: the dark side of China’s emotion-recognition tech

“Emotion-recognition technologies – in which facial expressions of anger, sadness, happiness and boredom, as well as other biometric data are tracked – are supposedly able to infer a person’s feelings based on traits such as facial muscle movements, vocal tone, body movements and other biometric signals. It goes beyond facial-recognition technologies, which simply compare faces to determine a match.” (…)

“Chen says that since prisoners know they are monitored by this system – 24 hours a day, in real time – they are made more docile, which for authorities is a positive on many fronts. “Because they know what the system does, they won’t consciously try to violate certain rules,” he says.” (…)

“One driver of the emotion-recognition technology sector in China is the country’s lack of strict privacy laws. There are essentially no laws restricting the authorities’ access to biometric data on grounds of national security or public safety, which gives companies such as Taigusys complete freedom to develop and roll out these products when similar businesses in the US, Japan or Europe cannot, says Chen.”

People in the West may feel safe because of better privacy laws in America and Europe, but these laws have already been eroded in real life, by smartphone cameras, CCTV cameras and other sensors becoming increasingly omnipresent. The outsourcing of data collection, by not stopping private intelligence agencies (PIAs), can allow the latter to secretly spy on the emotional states of individuals defined as terrorists, insurgents, extremists or dissidents.

The surveillance in a progressive Brave New World is more discreet but almost equally effective as the highly visible surveillance in China’s 1984. Smartphone sensors and IoT surveillance in a cashless society where average citizens post their inner lives and future plans on social media will give government intelligence agencies and/or Big Tech in the West a good overview of what is going on in the general population. But the moment these discreet mass surveillance detectors pick up signals indicating that a specific citizen is becoming “radicalized”, the black budget can be used to buy intel on that citizen sold by a PIA on the dark web through a shell company owned by a larger corporation in the network of globalized “capitalism”. Citizens who don’t conform will then be secretly marginalized when applying for a job or asking for a promotion. When people become aware of these almost omnipresent surveillance capabilities and targeted monitoring abilities it will naturally make them docile and obedient, even without a 1984 system.

Private intelligence agencies (PIAs) use undercover operators to infiltrate militant movements. After seeing what CIA and other units have done in Guantanamo and black sites around the world, going all the way back to MK-ULTRA and the Tuskegee Study, one has to take it for granted that the Machiavellians in the corporate-military complex have no qualms about secretly using PIAs and private military companies (PMCs) to illegally deploy (almost) invisible stealth drones, no larger than 2-3 mm, to monitor dissidents, without ordinary citizens or regular police noticing that a dozen insect drones are always illegally tracking a dissident.

The New York Times:

“With surveillance gear cheaper and easier to use, security experts say checking your environment for cameras and microphones is not a crazy idea.”

It’s only a question of time before 1-3 mm AI insect drones are fully operational, if they don’t exist already but kept secret in the age of Cold War 2. They can move at night or when nobody is around, before hiding behind objects where a small tentacle with a camera, no larger than a pinhole, stretches out to film what is going on in a room. If the bug is discovered, it may self-destruct. It will in any case be impossible to prove who deployed the drone. This plausible deniability makes it possible for Western corporate states – aka CorpStates with a revolving door between Big Government and Big Business – to secure power by relying on targeted monitoring of all dissidents, without creating a 1984 society like they have in China.

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