First Look at the AI Camera Systems at CES | WSJ

First Look at the AI Camera Systems at CES | WSJ


– [Katherine] Tech companies have been easing us into gadgets and services that make use of virtual eyes
and ears for a while now. Things that might have
made us uncomfortable even a few years ago, are
part of everyday life. Alexa listens for a request
to turn on the lights and the music, ring and nest watch us and every stranger that
comes near our door. In places like San Francisco, being followed around by
camera in cashier-less store isn’t really creepy anymore, it’s just what you do when you’re hungry, like I am right now. I think about privacy more
than the average person and I still regularly grab snacks at my local Amazon Go store. Here in Las Vegas at CES, the years biggest tech show, we got a peak at where this technology is headed in the not-so-distant future. Company’s are showcasing
tech that combines cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence in ways they say will make
our lives easier and safer, in exchange for ever more monitoring. Often you won’t even know
the technology is there, like in the case of the
hotel I’m in right now, it’s hiding out in these planters. Which raises some
interesting questions about, you know, consent. Meet PAT Scan, a technology
that uses microwave radar, chemical sensing and object detection to spot guns, knives
and even drugs in a bag or on a person, say in a
parking lot of a school. It’s AI cameras can be paired
with a smart locking system that can automatically secure a building if there’s a weapon detected outside. And it could all happen covertly, while you’re going to see a show or picking your kids up from school or rooting for your
favorite baseball team. The system is already set to be installed at the home field of the Cincinnati Reds. PAT scan doesn’t have
facial recognition built in but it can be added if a client
specifically asks for it. Clients can also decide whether or not to let people know they’re being scanned. The company says it doesn’t
collect or store data associated with specific individuals. Another similar technology
platform is Eyeris, which combines various sensors to figure out what’s going on in a car. Cameras can detect objects, eye movements and even some emotional
facial expressions. Radar can confirm the presence of a person plus track your heart
rate and respiration. Thermal sensors pick up body
and surface temperatures. How might this be useful? Well for one thing,
object detection may mean one day getting an alert
from your driverless cab that you’re about to
leave your bag behind. For drivers, body analytics can be used for the perfect steering-wheel adjustment. Size-appropriate air bags can be deployed. If a child is screaming in the back seat, calming music might be queued up. Are you eating or texting or not keeping your eyes on the road enough? What’s your threshold for road rage? The system is designed to
figure out if you’re stressed. It can also take queues
from your facial expressions and body language to guess
when your mind is wondering. The same data collection that enables auto-pilot features that could be a god send one day, could turn into a nightmare the next. How much do we want our cars
to really know about us? Could that information land in the hands of insurance company’s or an attorney arguing a lawsuit against
us over an accident. The answer to all of
this is absolutely, yes. The company says the benefits far outweigh any privacy concerns. It fully expects this data to be used to help shed light on what
happened before an accident and for drivers to share it
with their insurance companies. The earliest Eyeris will be on the road is in Karma’s Revero in 2021. These are fresh capabilities that could very well be life
changing, even life saving. One day we may welcome all these benefits, but in the meantime, we’ll continue to think
about the trade offs. (light music)

75 thoughts to “First Look at the AI Camera Systems at CES | WSJ”

  1. Let's see your reaction if your daughter gets kidnapped, raped and laying on the side of the road headless, with no witness and no cameras. I bet you'll beg the government for more cameras.

  2. i can't wait for the first of the major CME EVENTS. hopefully we will be reduced to a 19th century technology- give the earth a 100 year rest, and us too.

  3. top 3 highest paying organizations for software engineers: 3. Random company. 2. Random Company. 1. People's Republic of China

  4. Don't be so pessimistic WSJ. I'd rather have some of my body scan data stored by a tech company than being shot by a gunman. And it's not like your data isn't already stored by some tech companies when you was goofing around Tinder, sexting on Snapchat or store your sextape on Dropbox. So if anything you should be concerned, it's how you use the technology.

  5. Microwave radar? Does it cook your food for you while you are being scanned? Is a concentration of microwave radiation into beams safe to propagate around any environment including an urban environment? Where are Swalwell and Schiff on this one? Too busy politicking and demagogueing? And what is my 10th birthday doing on one of the monitors in this piece? Hint: I can feel zappy when I am in a 5G "enabled" zone. Doesn't anyone else "feel the 5G? and want to discuss the obvious implications? It's been around since last March.

  6. This was implemented in Q1 2019 across 100 stores https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cio.com/article/3411141/machine-vision-tech-focuses-on-winning-return-customers-for-gul-ahmed.amp.html tracking people without consent while storing purchase history against faces. #FacialRecognition

  7. This is bad and unnecessary like just so unnecessary the only thing should be like weapon scanners at stores, idk why a camera has to fng follow u around, shoplifting is such a low percentage of a problem compared to the loss of privacy.

  8. Haha, it looks just like China's camera AI? What's it doing over here 🤔. Sucks for the American protesters in the near future

  9. Time to start getting out of the cities and moving to small towns where the businesses and governments don't have the budget for that type of technology (for now).

  10. I strongly suspect we as the populous won't have a choice. These companies will lobby to require cars or even public spaces to have these anti-privacy features so they can mine us for our personal info. This is also in the government's interest: as tyrants become more powerful they want to cement their power. Its the same reason current funding for the Patriot act passed in a non-partisan manner: if you think either party is your ally you don't understand government.

    If you are willing to sacrifice freedom for security you will get neither.

  11. This isnt AI at all. It asks a series of questions based on stored data. For example with person detection, machine vision has thousands of stored images to go off of and asks a number of questions to check whether the object is a person or not. Its not learning anything on the fly

  12. There will be a time when mankind will prefer to live in a remote towns just to gain the feeling of free will and privacy

  13. This is totally stupid, I bet that it doesn't even have security measures in place at all on hackers.. why the heck do you want an AI camera in the first place? Not to mention a huge breach of privacy and trust…

  14. What this video doesn't conclude is that by the time technologies like this are in cars to be abused by insurance companies, we most likely won't be driving them.

  15. Yeeeeeaaaaah. give us all your privacy “we promise we won’t sell or store you information” I’m ok no thank you

  16. It's one thing if a sensor system is passive. It's another if your body is being bombarded with something the long term health effects are not currently known. (to the last detail)

  17. Y'all need to put down 1984 not every surveillance system is for the government to control you. Sometimes its just a new way of finding and stopping a would-be mass shooter. Just because China uses them same tech in a more controlling way, doesn't necessarily mean that's all the system can be used for.

  18. "the company tells us the benefits far outweighs the downsides"
    Oh no really the company promised they would never do bad things if we have them money?

  19. I’m not gonna lie to you, having my office locked down when someone with a gun is about to enter… that could really save lives

  20. Journalists: I enjoy my privacy more than the Average person

    IS ACTIVELY BEING MONITORED BY AN AI AT FUTURISTIC GROCERY STORE

  21. So here is the thing. An ai can usually do what it needs with live video, thus no video is actuqlly stored it is simply a security camera. If nothing is stored and noone has access to the live feed there are no privacy concerns

  22. it is stupid to drive a car that has a computer and internet connection. a hacker can push your gas and drive you to a wall. or turn on your airbag and make accident. the most stupid people drive intelligent cars to their grave.

  23. Prefer this than the discriminary world we live in. This will definetly limit all of the prejudice that's exists in our world

  24. Let's put a few patscans on 6th, 7th, and 9th streets in San Francisco. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding…. THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! HOW TO TURN IT OFF???

  25. Yeah, no thank you. Not interested in submitting to this blasphemy. We are slowly reaching the apex, "science" is the new religion for many. The devil can't create only minic, he'll come like an angel of light. Death to the hybrids.

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