Since the advent of facial recognition technology - a branch of the larger computer vision domain, nowadays engineered through techniques of applied artificial intelligence (AI) - there have been numerous outcries from privacy advocates, concerned journalists and the public.
When history is any teacher, grand scientific achievements, breakthroughs and radical innovations have always been polarising instruments, used for better or worse. Artificial intelligence is no exception. The influential and versatile physicist Max Tegmark headlined the introductory chapter of his book Life 3.0 - which analyses the repercussions of an artificial intelligence that surpasses human capabilities - “Welcome to the Most Important Conversation of Our Time”.
It is indeed a delicate topic, one that cannot be allowed to strike our reality without setting a proper framework. Like with other formidable challenges of our time - energy and genetic engineering, quantum computing - AI is powerful and will have widespread implications. Therefore, we must assure that they are contained to applications that benefit society without being intrusive to the privacy of individuals.
At BiTech-Labs we are not interested in individuals. We are interested in patterns, as patterns reflect real world complexity. They teach us million-fold more about the world around as than individuals. Patterns make up the universe and all its endlessly versatile atoms in perfectly replaying asymmetry. This is our sweet spot. Not the daily grocery list of Bob.