Now even vending machines are watching you. It’s only a matter of time before the government harnesses this on a widespread basis.

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Univ of Saigon 68 · March 2, 2024 at 11:35 am

It’s in everything. I used to be able to go on and win against the computer about half the time. (Yeah, at the lowest level of play.) Now my toaster plays at the Grand Master level.

Georgiaboy61 · March 2, 2024 at 6:12 pm

The internet of things was discussed head spy of the CIA, David Petraeus, over a decade ago. It has since become a reality. Big-screen TVs which watch you while you watch them; networked washers and dryers; there are numerous other examples. A vending machine with facial recognition technology is almost certainly a precursor to one which uses biometric ID as condition of use. This is the proverbial thin end of the wedge. Expect more of the same harder and elsewhere unless the people rise up and demand an end to it. There is a word that people have forgotten and to the detriment of our society, and that word is “No!” – spoken in firm tone of voice and with conviction.

SiG · March 3, 2024 at 8:35 am

Ever listen to Kim Komando? She has been doing a radio show on tech/computers for a long time. I’m not a regular listener but occasionally hear a minute or two on a Saturday, on the local talk radio station.

Yesterday, she starts a segment with, “do you know how many processors are in your car?” It was over a thousand. It’s now gotten so big that there are businesses that scrub used cars of your information before they’re resold. I’ve gotta believe older cars monitor less, but I remember hearing about this around ’05.

    Divemedic · March 3, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    Car companies are using them to activate options like power windows, air conditioning, heated seats, and four wheel drive- turning them into subscription services. That’s why I believe, as I said in a few earlier posts, that there will be businesses who jailbreak cars to enable those features. Auto manufacturers have not made security a high priority, and I am betting that vending machines haven’t, either.
    I also think that is what was meant by “you won’t own anything.” Everything will eventually become a subscription service.

Birdog357 · March 3, 2024 at 4:24 pm

I can not think of a single legit use for facial recognition on a vending machine.

    Tom762 · March 3, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    I can. When your social credit score say no snickers bar, you get no snickers bar!

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