Not something you want to hear from a lightpost as you are walking down the street. Yet, apparently something that the British have been living with for a year or so and is just about to hit our shores.
New streetlights, about to be installed as a trial in Farmington Hills, Michigan, are advertised as having the capabilities of “energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising, video surveillance.”
Read the full creepy story, here. (If you lead with “energy conservation”, I guess you can then get away with anything since you’ve paid your dues to the higher green authority.)
Streetlights in Britain can monitor if people litter and bark out oaths at offenders, such as the aforementioned “We are watching you.”
Some European countries are developing devices to attach to streetlights that will x-ray or scan pedestrians as they walk by that will “see through people’s clothing and look for concealed weapons.” Oh joy.
It is so sad to me that Americans will probably allow themselves to be monitored like this. The younger generations of Americans seem to have no appreciation for privacy and the older ones will probably think the safety concerns outweigh the liberty ones.
George Orwell may not have foreseen the exact technology, but he got the high-tech police state down pat.