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A New Olympics Event: Algorithmic Video Surveillance

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France and other EU countries are hammering out the finer details of the European Union’s AI Act, which seeks to protect citizens’ privacy and rights by regulating government and commercial use of AI.

Credit: Giacomo Bagnara

The upcoming Paris Summer Olympic Games will serve as a testbed for AI-powered video surveillance, and people's tolerance of its use.

Surveillance will cover not only the events, but also the entire Olympic village and the connecting roads and rails.

It will proceed under a temporary law allowing automated surveillance systems to detect “predetermined events” of the sort that might lead to terrorist attacks.

While some critics have raised concerns about misuse of the technology, others seem unconcerned.

From IEEE Spectrum
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