How Do I?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it fake or true?
About the Friends
FOWVL Board of Directors
Become a Friend
Events and Services
Hours and Holidays
About the District >
Board of Trustees
Board Meeting Minutes
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Tween Tech Club
Magic Tree House Book Club
Hands on Fun!
Free Reading Program
Read to Chopper
Adult Spelling Bee
A cautionary tale
Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:30
Written by Carroll Wilson
Before we become overly friendly with China, we ought to be very aware of far more than who they jail and torture and who they build stuff for.
Totalitarian governments pose even more treacherous dangers to their citizens and others than just those.
China is 1984 and better. Or worse, depending on your point of view.
Consider the story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on June 27 with this headline: "China Tracks Faces to Shape Behavior."
The story starts with a truly frightening tale about a young woman who was jay-walking and a camera caught her in the act and then displayed it for all of the rest of her small world to see.
"I won't ever run a red light again," she told a reporter.
I guess not.
And she won't do anything else outside that she doesn't want the state to see her doing.
We do have cameras around street corners in Austin and elsewhere, and they probably do deter crime and help solve it.
But, using face recognition technology to solve the problem of jay-walking? Really?