Using security cameras and algorithms, researchers at Carnegie Mellon created a nursing home monitoring system that "located individuals within one meter of their actual position 88 percent of the time." That's great news for people who want to be monitored all the time. For people who prefer to go about their business unobserved, it's another step toward a perfectly tracked future.
The system was inspired by the person-tracking Marauders' Map featured in Harry Potter books, and it's called multi-camera or multi-object tracking. Previous attempts at multi-object tracking have had limited success, accurate either one third or one half the time. But those systems were tested in tightly controlled labs. Carnegie Mellon decided to try a more organic environment. A nursing home is a great testing environment, the researchers say: cameras already exist and have to deal with realistic obstacles like inconvenient furniture placement, doors getting in the way, blind spots, and residents moving freely. It's also good because a tracking system in a nursing home reads as altruistic - it's important to be able to find and care for the elderly as soon as they might need assistance.
The technology works through a combination of facial recognition and color tracking. Colored clothing is a good way to identify people, because it is visible most of the time, but the same color shirt can look different under different lighting. Algorithms compensate for differences in color appearance under different light--they make it so that you can track someone wearing a red shirt as he moves from a dark hall to a brightly lit dining room. Facial recognition is the best way to identify people, but faces are rarely pointed directly at cameras, so it only works about 10 percent of the time.
That's why it's important to track both faces and colors at the same time. The process resembles how cell phones pinpoint personal location with different inputs. Signals sent to cell towers provide a constant, rough idea of where the phone user is, and occasionally a GPS double-checks the position and corrects it if need be.
Carnegie Mellon's program isn't yet ready for prime time. The researchers used 6 minutes of footage recorded by 15 cameras in a nursing home in 2005 to develop the algorithms and test the system. A live trial is still a long way off, but once the system completes identification in a real-time setting, expect it to move from nursing homes to prisons to casinos and then everywhere.
People wanting to say hidden from this might just turn to facial-recognition-thwarting makeup.
The NSA annual budget is 20 billion plus currently and uses state of the art technology with an installation cost to the extreme. Say PoPSCi can you provide an investigative journalist over to the NSA Utah and come back with details.
Currently this subject is world popular and yes NSA does make use of advance technology science.
Currently from the Democrats side, their is a proposal to really boost up immigration in the next 10 to 20 years. They hope with the added people paying be taxes, it will solve the social security problem. It is a rather strange way to fix the problem, since we have such an extreme amount of unemployment now and it will actually cause higher unemployment over the next 20 years, draining the welfare system with additional immigrants and devalue all home working pay checks with the added work force.
I bring this up, because if NSA is maintain over the next 20 years 400 billion or greatly more will be spent in support of this program will considering social security will be bust by 2033.
The government tries to blame the baby boomers for the bust for 2033, but the reality is their use to be excess funds in social security and all would of been all well, if left alone. But no, the government spent the excess funds for special projects and left IOUs to pay it back later, like the NSA special project.
Yup, yup, I sure like to know what all the super technical hardware is at NSA, so I have a clear understanding while I am starving in my old age, just because the government suspect me and all we might be terrorist.
I am not secretly ease dropping on you. I am microscopically 'analyzing' your communication and saving it for further 'analysis' on the premise you might be a terrorist. The word analysis makes it legally ok. ~US Gov.
“Yup, yup, I sure like to know what all the super technical hardware is at NSA, so I have a clear understanding while I am starving in my old age”
The best way to avoid “Starving in your old age” is to not depend on the government for you old age support. Get a couple of acres paid off, put a dwelling on it and secure the necessary equipment to grow and can your own food. Also, develope your skills at one of those trade/self-employment areas that people move into in their retirement years.
Those that trust and depend on the system and say that a crash “Can not happen” should look at what is the reality in Greece. Those people got hit really hard.
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