Read My Lips! Don’t Talk About Terror
Steve Watson posted on Infowars his concern about lip-reading surveillance cameras. It was also mentioned on SlashDot. Steve pointed to several Orwellian technology deployments in London, including talking cameras, face scanning cameras, and eavesdropping cameras. Evidently there is some interest by the British Home Office to investigate developing the technology to watch for terror-related keywords uttered by the lips of passers by.
I love Steve’s commentary. But what would it take to make that capability a reality? Let’s see, we’d need a software platform elegant enough to process a complex algorithm super fast.
Then we’d need the algorithm – capable of interpreting very subtle visual images and rendering the signals into sounds.
Then there would have to be separate sound analyzer software – unless the home office wanted to hire hundreds of people with a variety of language skills to monitor the output constantly.
It’s an interesting technical challenge. Of course, capturing video images with a clear enough resolution for
the analytics to work properly would require upgrading to high
megapixel images. Megapixel images would require that the digital images be sent to the processing engine over a very fat network connection. Even if one could produce the software and algorithm, the processing power required would be intensive to say the least, so pushing the processing out to the "edge" near the cameras would require even more science fiction and extraterrestrial financing.
No…lip-reading cameras is nothing I’m worrying about for a long long time.