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Facial Recognition Software Firms Move To Prevent Law Enforcement From Using Their Technology

“Time is winding down but it’s not too late for someone to take a stand and keep this from happening,” said Brian Brackeen, the CEO of the facial recognition firm Kairos, who wants tech firms to join him in keeping the technology out of law enforcement’s hands. Brackeen, who is black, said he has long been troubled by facial recognition algorithms’ struggle to distinguish faces of people with dark skin, and the implications of its use by the government and police. If they do get it, he recently wrote, “there’s simply no way that face recognition software will be not used to harm citizens.”
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As the technology advances, “real-time” facial recognition — which involves the constant scanning of live video feeds to match moving faces with a database of still images — is starting to spread.

Facial recognition technology is a powerful tool, and it could absolutely prevent and solve a large amount of crimes. But the potential for abuse in the hands of law enforcement is off the charts, so much so that many firms that create facial recognition products and technology are now attempting to prevent the police, CIA, FBI and others from ever using it.

“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)

FROM NBC NEWS: Despite “real-time” facial recognition’s dazzling potential for crime-prevention, it is also raising alarms of the risks of mistakes and abuse. Those concerns are not only coming from privacy and civil rights advocates, but increasingly from tech firms themselves. In recent months, one tech executive has vowed never to sell his facial recognition products to police departments, and another has called on Congress to intervene. One company has formed an ethics board for guidance, and another says it might do the same. Employees and shareholders from some of the world’s biggest tech firms have pressed their leaders to get out of business with law enforcement.

“Time is winding down but it’s not too late for someone to take a stand and keep this from happening,” said Brian Brackeen, the CEO of the facial recognition firm Kairos, who wants tech firms to join him in keeping the technology out of law enforcement’s hands. Brackeen, who is black, said he has long been troubled by facial recognition algorithms’ struggle to distinguish faces of people with dark skin, and the implications of its use by the government and police. If they do get it, he recently wrote, “there’s simply no way that face recognition software will be not used to harm citizens.” READ MORE

When I was first saved back in 1991, I would attend Bible studies where end times prophecy was discussed. We looked at various verses in the Bible dealing with the Mark of the Beast, and it soon became obvious that the Mark of the Beast would be a system as well as an actual mark that is implanted in the back of your right hand or in your forehead.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJV)

We would talk about things like would it be possible for your television set to monitor you, and of course, non-Christians thought we were “alarmists and extremists” for even discussing it. But here in 2018 we have gone well past that. “Hey Alexa, stop listening to my conversation!”. Digital assistants are all the rage in the home of the future, and no one seems to be the least bit concerned about it.

I take comfort in knowing that the Bible teaches us that the Church will be removed in the event of the Pretribulation Rapture before Antichrist comes to power. But the world that we will leave behind will be a scary one indeed.

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