​For the first time in the EU: this is what AI surveillance is all about

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​For the first time in the EU: this is what AI surveillance is all about

France will use video surveillance based on artificial intelligence for the Olympic Games. It means that it will be used in Europe for the first time. The Olympic Games will take place in Paris next year.

AI camera system

The French government is looking into a way to use an AI system that is still in an experimental phase. The AI ​​is trained to distill suspicious cases. This can be, for example, when a large group of people starts moving at a strange moment, but also an abandoned bag. So it is not only to keep an eye on people, but also potential danger planted by people.

In itself, AI surveillance is certainly not new. We also saw this at the controversial World Cup in Qatar last year. Smart cameras were also used there to keep an eye on anything and everything. Will the Olympic Games become controversial? Of course, the general laws and regulations in France are much more like ours, but it is certainly not said that video surveillance is okay.

Privacy issue

It is not only security, it is also privacy that plays a role here. The privacy of people who just want to visit an Olympic Games match are suddenly constantly filmed and that is a violation of privacy. It is even completely against the agreements made within the EU, namely in the Artificial Intelligence Act. On the other hand, France can say that they are not yet official (which is also correct).

The chances of it happening are high. There is only one government agency that can counter it. However, there are several politicians who have said it is not a good idea: they are mainly afraid that this system will stick after the Olympics. That has happened before, namely after the Olympic Games in China. Now China is a country that goes very far with this kind of thing anyway, but it is not said that France would not do exactly the same, especially given the arguments of the proponents of the plan.

Attack in Nice

Proponents say that this kind of far-reaching technology could have saved a lot of lives. For example, they refer to the attack in Nice in which a man drove into a large crowd with a truck. Fortunately, there were only three deaths, but that is still three too many and that could have been prevented by such an AI camera system. Doesn’t sound like the plan is to remove the cameras yet.

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