EU funding artificial intelligence plan to monitor public
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September 19, 2009: The European Union is currently funding a five-year program called Project INDECT with the goal of developing software tools which can "automatically detect threats or abnormal behavior" - in other words, people who might commit a crime instead of actual criminals. It plans the

"construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, usenet groups, file servers, p2p [peer-to-peer] networks as well as individual computer systems, building an internet-based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive".

This is intended to model "suspicious behavior" so that such behavior can be automatically detected by CCTV and other surveillance methods. This could be used by SitCen, the "Joint Situation Centre" of the European Union which some critics claim could develop into Europe's CIA.



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Game and Story Use

  • This kind of technology could ruin the day of any would-be criminal of a Cyberpunk criminal.
  • What if SitCen really does become the equivalent of the CIA Twenty Minutes Into The Future?
  • Considering the EU's strange ideas of what constitutes a crime and of things like burden of proof and due process, we should all be worried about this.
  • This will probably seem quite familiar to Deus Ex fans…
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