Creepy? Google Wants to Give Machines the Gift of Sight

“Ever since we started Moodstocks, our dream has been to give eyes to machines by turning cameras into smart sensors able to make sense of their surroundings,” the company said in a statement. “Our [new] focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google.” Google stated that it will integrate Moodstock’s software into its photo applications, improving the ability to tag and categorize user images. The acquisition raised concerns among privacy advocates. “All connected devices now have a camera and microphone in them, often these can be turned off and on without us knowing. Making these eyes intelligent will be great for identifying random objects and helping our smart devices to become even smarter, but not so good for keeping your personal life personal,” Renate Samson, president of privacy group Big Brother Watch, told the Sun. “Many people will find the ability for a machine to see everything we see creepy.…


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