Via the Stan Party, I came across this little technology report on Big Brother Watch. The video is short and worth every second of the time spent viewing it. Keep a hanky handy in case of spontaneous nosebleed. Those of a nervous disposition and those with pre-existing heart conditions might want to skip it.
From Big Brother Watch:
An outfit dedicated to covering the European Security Research Programme named NeoConOptican, reported yesterday that the European Commission are funding a project called Samurai - a “next generation” CCTV system, which is, they write:
capable of identifying and tracking individuals “acting suspiciously” in crowded public spaces. The project has received €2.5 million in EU funding under the Fp7 security research programme.
The video includes a clip of a railway station where people are targeted by the device because they stop moving around and stand still. At a railway station. In the UK. Where waiting for trains is an unpredictable event at best. If your train is late, keep moving. Practise your Morris dancing or something but don't stand still.
It's designed to spot 'anomalous behaviour' which the system self-defines after watching for a while to see how most people behave. Once it's done that, anyone with a limp or a twitch will be spotted as a non-conformist and the security operator alerted. Now, we'd all like to think that the security operator would just dismiss that as someone with a limp or a twitch and tell the machine not to be so silly. Unfortunately, common sense has been systematically eradicated to the point where any public servant has theirs surgically removed as soon as they are employed. The machine points you out, the operator will call security. Every time.
If you have a rucksack while all around you are people with briefcases - gotcha. You're a deviant. You must make no attempt to be different or you'll be checked and rechecked all day, every day, until they force you to assimilate.
Damn, I haven't finished writing this and it's already more of a documentary than fiction!
Keep moving. No loitering. Big Brother is watching you.