IARPA told IPVM they do not have any specific mission in mind for the BRIAR technology
What mission is there other than target identification and apprehension or destruction? They aren't picking specific people out from a watch list with a drone at 1000m to hand out cookies. Unless cookies is some kind of nickname for a Hellfire missile ;-)
target identification and apprehension or destruction
Those are two very different things and the technology could be used in a lot of different ways. One use of this technology could be saving money on access control by allowing face recognition to be integrated with existing cameras that may be too high or at too steep an angle for face recognition. Another use could be surveilling a city from drones that are high enough to be ignored. And, a third use could be turning drones with explosive devices into targetted missiles that search a city for a target.
So... I wonder what would have been said if China or Chinese manufacturers did this.
Ok. That aside, when this is complete and someone with power tripping tendencies takes control of this "tool", what would stop them from say targeting a certain demographic for whatever reason.
You see I mention this because I am on several Surveillance forums and I constantly see the bashing of Chinese manufacturers who are even in any way involved in a venture like this. They are called human rights violators because someone uses their "tool" improperly... so I ask what is the difference here.
They are called human rights violators because someone uses their "tool" improperly... so I ask what is the difference here.
This is a good point, but there are a few differences.
1. Uyghur (or any ethnicity) detection analytics are inherently discriminatory. Creating them while the PRC government is targetting this group is not creating a tool that is used improperly, it is creating a tool that can only be used improperly while knowledge of what the tool is being used for.
2. Manufacturers know that the PRC government is using surveillance technology in Xinjiang to monitor the Uyghur minority. Many are selling these tools with the knowledge that they will be used for human rights violations.
3. This project hasn't started yet. There has been no technology created so there haven't been any uses to examine. IPVM will follow the project to see how it develops, and if successful, how the technology is used.
That being said, recognition and identification analytics are capable of being misused, and it is important for manufacturers to ensure they can trust end-users not to abuse their technology. There are currently no rules specifically governing how this technology could be used, including as Undisclosed Integrator #1 implied, self-targeting weapons.