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AI surveillance technology discovered by X (Twitter) user raises privacy concerns

A video posted by Plus24H on Facebook has ignited a heated discussion about privacy and surveillance in the digital age. The video features a woman explaining the capabilities of new AI-powered software that can locate videos of individuals taking Instagram photos by scanning open cameras in a given area. This innovative software, revealed by Dries Depoorter on Twitter, has highlighted both the potential and the concerns surrounding advanced AI surveillance technology.

In her narration, the woman in the video explained how the software works: it analyzes an Instagram photo and uses AI to search for and identify open cameras in the vicinity where the photo was taken. This process can retrieve video footage of the precise moment the Instagram photo was captured. Dries Depoorter, who discovered the software, showcased its capabilities through a media post on his Twitter account, demonstrating how AI can now detect open cameras and track the locations of individuals engaged in photography and videography.

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The video underscores the broader implications of such technology. “It’s a great way to remind people that you are constantly being watched. It’s so much more of the information than you think. Also, it’s easier to find your locations than you think,” the woman states, emphasizing the pervasive nature of digital surveillance.

The revelation of this AI software has prompted diverse reactions on social media. Comments from Facebook users reflect a range of perspectives. One user said, “Just think, if this is available for public use, what do the government have at their disposal? Imagine this, but with every camera, video doorbell and ‘smart’ phone and dash cam. Truly terrifying.”

Another social media user remarked, “And yet criminals are getting away with crime….” implying a sense of frustration or disbelief about the perceived ineffectiveness of the justice system or law enforcement.

“It’s funny how we are just accepting it,” a comment reflecting the often passive acceptance of societal norms and practices without questioning their validity or considering alternatives.

On the other side, a positive remark from a social media user stated, “Not as bad as you think. If everyone can use it, then it’s public service,” implying that the service’s accessibility to all people makes it beneficial and serves the public good, regardless of any perceived flaws.

These comments illustrate the public’s mixed feelings about the technology. On one hand, there are concerns about privacy and the potential for misuse, with some users pointing out the alarming implications if such technology were employed by governments or other entities with extensive surveillance capabilities. On the other hand, some users perceive the technology as a tool for public service, arguing that its widespread availability could enhance transparency and accountability.

The software exemplifies the significant advancements in AI and its application in surveillance. While the technology offers remarkable capabilities, it also raises critical questions about privacy, data security, and the ethical use of AI. As it continues to evolve, it is imperative for society to engage in robust discussions about its implications and to establish policies that balance innovation with the protection of individual rights.


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