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Scan Your Date’s Photo, Learn If He Is A Sex Offender

A few years ago I attended an annual conference of Balkan political leaders. Middle-aged men filled the room. In the back a younger woman who could certainly have adorned the cover of a fashion magazine stood out in stark contrast.

I wondered: who could she be? Those sitting beside me had no idea. I wondered if one day technology could identify any stranger at a moment’s notice. On that day, only by happenstance did I later learn her identify.  Soon, facial recognition programs may help instantly inform us who’s who. Some new services are offering the first steps toward that reality, capabilities that have already stirred up controversy.

Today a new service called allows users to enter photos to check against a database of 475,000 registered sex offenders. “Potential Dates, Babysitters, Roommates, Renters, Coaches, Teachers… Scan them all with CreepFace,” advertises the site, part of Full Article

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Isn’t technology great…each day we advance toward the 1984 scenario of being monitored 24 hours a day.

Heck, I always assume that I am being observed by some camera whenever I step foot out of my apartment…and no…I am not a delusional paranoid, I am simply dealing with reality.

If you cellphone can pin point your location and the chip in your passport can be read even before you walk into the terminal I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch.

Wow…they can keep track of us with very little trouble but just let them try to find a jumbo jet.

Odd don’t you think?

They sell this as a way to empower people. Far from it. It takes away a freedom to choose what information we present and to who we choose to present it. One more thing to make people feel worthless and isolated. This type of prying into others lives used to be called rude, even indecent. Hey, but it is making someone easy money. Yippee!

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