You are standing in a crowd of approximately 700,000 people; you are way in the back. You don’t see anyone with a camera. So you are hidden in the crowd right. Well think again. The new Gigapixel images that are available from various commercial companies lets you identify individuals in huge crowds. The one shown in the following link Gigapixel images lets you identify faces in a crowd of 700,000 people. Put your cursor on the picture and click your mouse. You will be amazed at what you see.
This picture is actually 216 photos that are put together during a 15 minute time period to create a picture of approximately 70,000 X 30,000 pixels. The site Digital Synopsis explains more about how Gigapixel images are taken. To get a good understanding scroll down their page and take a look at the pictures of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address and the Blazers vs. Lakers game. Scroll in and you can identify the people in attendance, even in the far end of the basketball arena.
Now if these Gigapixel images are available to private industry, you can only image what the government has. In the future, you need to know that everything you do in public can be photographed.
This technology is a two edged sword it can be used for good or evil. Used in the right hands it can solve crime and prevent problems. In the wrong hands, it can be used to suppress and control people. Only by being aware of what is available can we the people make sure that this type of technology is used in a manner that does not invade our privacy.