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Dubai’s police run next-generation surveillance systems from a headquarters north of the city’s downtown skyscrapers and malls.

Credit: The New York Times

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

These included brain wave readers for lie detection, cameras that can zoom in over a kilometer, facial recognition eyeglasses, sentiment analysis software, and predictive policing software that uses machine learning to predict where criminals will strike next.

Such technologies raise concerns about privacy and political power.

Daragh Murray of the U.K.'s Queen Mary University said, "A lot of surveillance could ostensibly be benign or used to improve a city. But the flip side of the coin is it can give you incredible insight into people's everyday lives. That can have an unintended chilling effect or be a tool for actual repression."

From The New York Times
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