“Big brother” streetlights take photos and record conversations

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Street lights with integrated cameras, microphones, and speakers which can detect and count people as they pass, give instructions and announcements and even communicate with other lights wirelessly. Very Orwellian sounding, and about to be very real.

The designers say the Intellistreets system can help make public safety announcements as well as being controlled to automatically change brightness depending on the number of people on the street – thus saving large amounts of energy and money. The system may also be able to detect situations which warrant emergency responses, such as fires or civil unrest.

But it is the built in cameras and microphones that are causing concern amongst critics, who are comparing the system with the telescreens of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and raising serious privacy concerns about the ability to record conversations without citizens’ knowledge. The video below explains a bit more about the system.

Source: InfoWars article

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