Artificial Intelligence for Mass Surveillance?

Startling developments are consistently emerging in artificial intelligence, going from the widespread presence of deepfake videos that blur the line between truth and reality, to advanced algorithms that can beat the best players in the world in multiplayer poker. This incredible spread of abilities showcases the potential artificial intelligence has identified to the economy. Each aspect of this growing economy in every nation employs artificial intelligence for a new and significant purpose. Businesses, on a side, harness AI capabilities to improve analytic processing; whereas city officials tap AI to monitor traffic congestion and oversee smart energy metering.

But recently shared by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace claims that at the lowest, 75 countries in the world are using facial recognition and other types of artificial intelligence in order to surveil massive numbers of people. These same nations use advanced models of artificial intelligence to perform actions including monitoring, tracking, and surveying citizens. Unfortunately, this is a harmful and dangerous endeavor, as people’s rights are being confiscated due to a nation’s selfish desire.

While many believe this can help a nation focus on bringing its crime rates down and limiting any potential danger in a fast paced environment, it may not be as positive as these individuals may assume. If nations are surveying people without their consent, that draws for a wide range of privacy and ethical issues. Individuals have a basic human right of privacy and ability to do activities without being watched over like children.

But in order to appropriately address the effects of this technology, it is vital that one first understands where these tools are being deployed and the methods in which they are being utilized. Unfortunately, such information is scarce. Fortunately, there do exist models that depict the origins of AI surveillance among different nations - but no specific references as to which models are employed in these nations and for what exact purposes.

The origins of AI surveillance technology in the world

The origins of AI surveillance technology in the world

In the future, the world is hopeful that nations will switch their actions to take part in what’s beneficial and ethically accurate for the majority of humanity. While surveillance appears to be an enticing option for nations to manage crime rates, simplify insurance issues and accidents, and avoid vandalism and masked criminal acts, it is more important to consider the preferences of the individuals involved at first hand. It’s also not to say that the only nations that have strict regulations among their individuals have been caught in surveillance with AI. 51% of liberal democracies have been in the program, showing a severe fault at play.

Yousef Khan