For Immediate Release
August 14, 2017
‘Watch’ For It . . .
7th Annual ‘Wave at Surveillance Day’ is August 16th
A.I. for surveillance is here. From Elon Musk’s OpenAI—a nonprofit institute for artificial intelligence ethics—to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Now, to The Internet of Things, it’s clear. We have seen the future. And it is A.I.
Good, evil or amoral? Threatening or hopeful? Equalizing or racist and elitist? A.I. is whirling like a dervish Cloud few fully understand, sweeping up our data, our privacy and some believe, our future identities, as it goes.
For Zorbitor, digital impresario and pseudonymous privacy activist, what’s most interesting in all of this are human behaviors that defy rationality. When surveillance cameras are read by surveillance robots, when sousveillance watches the watchers in return, the day for recognition is at hand. This year on August 16th (the seventh annual International Wave at Surveillance Day) benign yet meaningful action, replicated on the same day worldwide, would be certain to give A.I. a run for its oh-so-rational money, Zorbitor believes. “It would be like asking SIRI what to name your lawn. Saluting that system with an internationally benign gesture, alone or in groups of wavers, shows awareness that surveillance is there, but more importantly, that sousveillance by human beings is alive and well. The day we stop doing that—the day we let that go—will be a sad one. The human element is something that cannot be replicated. Together wavers may well confound A.I., if only for a day, because hey, we’re only human, right?”
More on International Wave at Surveillance Day and a primer on the history of video surveillance appears on the event’s feature page at ‘Days of the Year’ at https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/wave-at-the-surveillance-cameras-day/