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Amazon ‘Rekognition’ Being Marketed To Law Enforcement To Create Nationwide Surveillance Network

Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance. According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a “common use case” for this technology. Among other features, the company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people. Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest,” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance.
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Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest,” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance. It also says Rekognition can monitor “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports,” at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

Google started out as the newest search engine in 1998, created by two college nerds, but soon would come to rule the cyberworld to such a high degree that the mere act of looking something up in an online search is called ‘googling’ it. Well, little baby Google grew up, and powered by unheard levels of ad revenue, to spend billions on AI, billions on robot technology, and is making billions with lucrative government projects in the Pentagon’s top-secret unit known as DARPA.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, shortly after engaging with the Pentagon, Google dropped their famous corporate motto of ‘Don’t Be Evil‘. Hmm…wonder why they got rid of that? But I digress, we are here to discuss what’s happening now at the company that just eclipsed Google, the Jeff Bezos behemoth called Amazon.

From the LA Times: When Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com in 1994, he gave himself a 30% chance of success — slightly better than the 1 in 10 odds for Internet start-ups.“That’s actually a very liberating expectation, expecting to fail,” he said to Time magazine when it named him Person of the Year in 2000. By then, sales had ticked past $1 billion, but the company had yet to turn a profit. Some analysts remained skeptical that Bezos could deliver on his plan to sell everything and anything. (“Anything with a capital A,” he told Time.)

But two decades after its launch, Amazon has conquered online retail, racking up $136 billion in sales in 2016. It’s also taken on cloud computing, tech gadgets and the entertainment world. With its blockbuster announcement Friday that it is buying upscale grocery chain Whole Foods, Amazon now plans to upend yet another industry: grocery stores.

As consumers increasingly rely on the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, it’s hard to remember a time when Amazon sold only one product: books. “There’s virtually nothing left that they haven’t touched,” said Kelly O’Keefe, professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter. (read more at the Los Angeles Times)

In 2018, Amazon is so big and so all -pervasive that fully comprehending their scope and influence is nearly impossible to achieve. Online there is no one larger, nobody. Offline, they own the Washington Post, Whole Foods, and are purchasing up other marquee name businesses left and right. And then there’s the home monitoring system called Echo.

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Amazon Echo is a brand of smart speakers developed by Amazon. The devices connect to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa”. This “wake word” can be changed by the user to “Amazon”, “Echo” or “Computer”. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices acting as a home automation hub. (read more on Wikipedia)

Echo is the hardware, and Alexa is the software, that’s easy, right? Well, it seems that Alexa has been listening to every word spoken in the homes that Echo is installed in, recording everything she hears, and then storing it over on Amazon’s cloud service.  In short, in millions of homes all across America right now, all their conversations are being monitored and recorded.

That’s brings us to Amazon’s latest venture, Rekognition.

Released officially in November of 2017, the official Amazon press release said this: “Amazon Rekognition today announces three new features: detection and recognition of text in images, real-time face recognition across tens of millions of faces, and detection of up to 100 faces in challenging crowded photos. Customers who are already using Amazon Rekognition for face verification and identification will experience up to a 10% accuracy improvement in most cases. Customers can also detect, analyze, and index up to 100 faces (up from 15) in a single image. With this improvement, you can accurately capture demographics and analyze sentiments for all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports and department stores.” (read the rest on Amazon)

With the bugs all worked out, Amazon has taken the next step, partnering with law enforcement to create a real-time facial recognition surveillance system.

From the ACLU: “Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance. According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a “common use case” for this technology. Among other features, the company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people. Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest,” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments — such as undocumented immigrants or Black activists— will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance. It also says Rekognition can monitor “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports,” at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels.” (read the rest on ACLU.com)

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In conclusion, what does all this mean? It means that what used to be far-flung science fiction stories are now everyday reality that gets advanced updated about every 6 months. The marketing is so warm, so fuzzy and so ‘consumer friendly’ that the true intent slips right past most people, even past most Christians. Especially the ones that attend churches who focus on laser lights and rock music instead of teaching on Bible doctrine and prophecy.

The Mark of the Beast system is not only being created, it is well underway and nearing completion. Soon, the only thing that will be missing with be the Beast himself, but he’ll arrive in the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.

And when he does, he will be quite please to his system all ready and waiting for him to take over.

“Behold, I have told you before.” Matthew 24:25 (KJV)

 

 


 

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