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Australia's Idiotic War On Porn Returns, This Time Using Facial Recognition

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    elcuello
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    And EVERYBODY else I hope. This Isn't even about porn but using facial recognition for this type of thing is fucking dystopian scary and opens up for who knows what based on this ridiculous idea....

    Obviously the government retaining a massive database of not only citizen facial scans -- but who is or isn't watching porn -- isn't being received well by privacy advocates.

    And EVERYBODY else I hope. This Isn't even about porn but using facial recognition for this type of thing is fucking dystopian scary and opens up for who knows what based on this ridiculous idea. When the fuck does the new generation of people with at least basic computer/Internet knowledge come to some power?

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    1. [3]
      mat
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      Well, in theory, probably about ten years at a minimum. Positions of actual power don't tend to go to people younger than maybe their mid 40s, but I don't think it'll actually happen. I think we...

      When the fuck does the new generation of people with at least basic computer/Internet knowledge come to some power?

      Well, in theory, probably about ten years at a minimum. Positions of actual power don't tend to go to people younger than maybe their mid 40s, but I don't think it'll actually happen. I think we assume that people growing up with computers around will understand them but as far as I can tell that hasn't happened any more than people who grew up with cars understand how to adjust their valve timing. They're just magic boxes. I have friends who are teenagers, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s and as far as I can tell there's no significant difference in their knowledge levels. Geeks of all ages know about technology but since when did geeks go into politics? Smart people don't go into politics.

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      1. papasquat
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        I think it's going to get worse, not better. There was a nice 20ish year window where computers were both ubiquitous, and required some level of knowledge to keep running well. That time has well...

        I think it's going to get worse, not better. There was a nice 20ish year window where computers were both ubiquitous, and required some level of knowledge to keep running well. That time has well passed. Computers are everywhere now, in your pocket, on your wrist, in your ears, but they're mostly all walled gardens where everything is curated by a huge corporation, and you have no real idea how the thing even works. They're just magic slabs that you poke until they do what you want. I think technical literacy in the general public has gone down as a result. Unless they're geeks, most young people know even less about how computers actually work than they did 20 years ago.

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      2. elcuello
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        Yeah I knew it was a stupid question that would get an unsurprisingly hopeless answer but one can only hope.

        Yeah I knew it was a stupid question that would get an unsurprisingly hopeless answer but one can only hope.

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      Grzmot
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      I'm currently wondering if this is some secret conspiracy to gain a facial recognition database to be used for nefarious purposes or plain incompentence leading to a facial recognition database...

      I'm currently wondering if this is some secret conspiracy to gain a facial recognition database to be used for nefarious purposes or plain incompentence leading to a facial recognition database which will then be used for nefarious purposes, just by different people.

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      1. MetArtScroll
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        By Hanlon's razor it is the latter, but the former cannot be completely ruled out.

        By Hanlon's razor it is the latter, but the former cannot be completely ruled out.

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    dblohm7
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    What could possibly go wrong? facepalm The Australian government badly needs technical expertise!

    What could possibly go wrong?

    facepalm

    The Australian government badly needs technical expertise!

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  3. on_a_trollercoaster
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    I suggest that the Australian government asks for face recognition AFTER the porn video ends, so they’ll have the most comprehensive database of weird human faces ever created.

    I suggest that the Australian government asks for face recognition AFTER the porn video ends, so they’ll have the most comprehensive database of weird human faces ever created.

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  4. Kuromantis
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    >Tags: moral panic Seems about right.

    >Tags: moral panic

    Seems about right.

    5 votes