‘1984 scenario may already be in 2024 is to become a reality’


‘1984-scenario kan al in 2024 werkelijkheid worden’

Brad Smith, warned yesterday for abuse of recognition technology.

If we’re not careful, we get all in 2024, a Big Brother society that will greatly resemble what was described in the book ‘1984’ by George Orwell. The words of a left wing activist? Nay, a judgment of Microsoft chairman Brad Smith.

A Big Brother society where the government is all of us everywhere in the holes will keep. Before warned, Microsoft chairman Brad Smith, who yesterday during a speech at the Brookings …

A Big Brother society where the government is all of us everywhere in the holes will keep. Before warned, Microsoft chairman Brad Smith, who yesterday during a speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington once again called for more control and strict rules for the use of facial recognition technology.

‘Technology makes today a new type of mass control as possible. It makes it possible for a state, a government for anyone anywhere to follow. It makes it impossible for the government to everyone, everywhere, to follow’, and put Smith from the shore, with a subtle nuance.

‘1984-scenario kan al in 2024 werkelijkheid worden’

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‘Race to the bottom’

Nevertheless, the chairman of Microsoft. Because at this moment, there is, according to him, in the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) a ‘race to the bottom’ is underway. A nietsontsziende competition where technology companies are often forced to choose between responsibility and profit maximization, leaving the gate wide open for abuse of facial recognition technology.

The Microsoft chairman calls on the governments to make the use of the new surveillancetechnologie urgent to regulate. If not, we walk with all the risk that facial recognition technology will lead to systematic infringements on our privacy and increased discrimination against women and minorities.

Chinese ceo to pillory

‘1984-scenario kan al in 2024 werkelijkheid worden’

In China, face recognition systems turned on at the traffic lights.

Photo: imaginechina

According to the specialized techsite Wired calls Microsoft, inter alia, for the mandatory introduction of a human buffer – pre-approval must be – between the automatic face detection, and the use of those results for policy or litigation. “If we do not thoroughly reflect, we run the risk that we are in the year 2024 suddenly going to be in a situation that strongly resembles what was described in the book 1984, “said Smith in his speech.

That Smith does not exaggerate, was found recently in China. A facial recognition system spotted a female Chinese ceo through a red light steps. Which the face of Dong Mingzhu, ceo of Gree Electric Appliances, was automatically projected on a large screen with verkeersovertreders in the city of Ningbo. Wrongly, it turned out later. The woman had not been. The recognition with artificial intelligence had, according to the police on a bus that passed responded. On the side of it was an ad with the face of the ceo on (DS, 28 november). But that did not so that they by the government audience to the virtual pillory was nailed.

The same protection as is location data?

Smith also gave a concrete example of possible abuse in the U.S., where the U.s. supreme court this summer decided that a search warrant is required for the requesting and obtaining of the location data that are automatically stored in our smartphones. ‘Earning our faces the same legal protection as our faces? From our perspective, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, ” says Smith.

The chairman of Microsoft, makes the case that worldwide, new laws are voted, that all technology companies should subscribe to in plain language to make known what their technology can and can not. And what that means for the use by their customers. The same technology would their technology have to be open to external supervision and control, not only by statutory supervisors but also by independent organisations, such as in our country, Test-achats.

Own code of conduct

In anticipation, Microsoft wants at the end of the first quarter already extract with a own global code of conduct. It will, according to Smith, by Microsoft six basic principles are followed: fairness, transparency, accountability, non-discrimination, legitimate monitoring plus notification and consent.