Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.Arthur C. Clarke
Making a PSA regarding disturbing news I first learned of from Last Week Tonight about facial recognition. In a world of big tech making a mockery of privacy, there has been a bridge too far: facial recognition. Well that bridge is being crossed and burned with Clearview AI which wants to be the Google of facial recognition doxing.
They’ve already pillaged profiles from Twitter and Facebook (with cease and desist notices being filed). Again, if the likes of Facebook has a problem with the privacy invasion involved, be very very worried!
I don’t think minor sites like my own are a target yet, but I am thinking of adding password gating to my site. I don’t want to, but it may be prudent to do so.
John Oliver stresses the need to get ahead of this legally, but lets be real: the concept of privacy as it was is obsolete. You can pass laws in your country, but that won’t stop the Chinas and North Koreas of the world wide web. Nor will it stop black hats or any other malicious actors.
Hell this could even be offset by the rise of Deepfake to claim any “compromising” photos are fake. It’s a Brave New World we are living in. I just wanted to make this known to fellow posters. Godspeed, I have no answers for you as we forward to the future.