Some things that I find interesting. Really just notes at this point.
📹 Face Recognition
The Boston Marathon is a good example of law enforcement successfully using public cameras to catch some bad guys.
Using facial recognition is the cheap, cop-out way to fight crime. Other ways include, but are not limited to:
- More patrols
- Poverty reduction
- Homelessness reduction
One way yo use facial recognition that might reduce its harms is to require that it can't be run in real-time. Police can collect video footage and then ask a judge for a warrant to use facial recognition on a section of that video. Sure, warrants haven't always been terribly effective at protecting people's privacy (NSA), but this might be a way to at least get some handle on it.
From a talk I went to this month: "It would be nice to think we could regulate our way out of this, but all the evidence is that we can't." Regulators aren't domain experts, and tech is moving too fast.
Illinois bio-metric law good.
Police use of force, misuse of personal image:
- We have the laws, we're just not being aggressive enough in enforcing them.
- Little reason to think that facial recognition will be any different if we can't convince attorney generals and etc to litigate.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards might incentivise increases in vehicle sizes. This is because, in part, vehicle emission standards are set by how large the vehicles footprint is. I agree that emission standards should take into account how large a car is, but I worry that the balance isn't quite right.
Cars seem to be getting bigger. Bigger cars pollute more. Bad.
An interesting article about some problems with anti-food-waste campaigns. Given time, it would be nice to read more into this. Food waste is definitely bad, but this raises interesting questions about our response.
One of the best articles I've read all year. While it isn't directly related to the environment, I think this article is very relevant for when we think about how to write sensible policy.