Miracles Never Cease: AOC is CORRECT on Abuse of Facial Recognition Technology

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @ SXSW 2019 by nrkbeta, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @ SXSW 2019 by nrkbeta, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original

If you criticize you should also be able to compliment if you want to be consistent. Even when it comes to a person like Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Truly, miracles never cease being she was 100% correct to raise concerns about the abuse of new technologies. What am I talking about say you? Well, this…

From Business Insider

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising concerns about the spread of facial recognition, arguing that the technology will quickly become dystopic without regulation.

The New York Democrat even likened some of the abuses of facial recognition to something fit for an episode of “Black Mirror,” the science-fiction TV show that explores the dangerous side of our fascination with technology.

Facial recognition is being developed by dozens of tech companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. When implemented, the AI-driven software makes it easy for corporations or governments to identify people and track their movements.

But as many critics have long argued, the potential for the technology to be abused is huge.

The genie is out of the bottle as they say but that does not mean that there should not be discussions on the implications of the use of this or limits to what can be done here. Currently both government and business can track you anywhere and for any reason. On the private sector side, you agree to the terms of GMAIL or Facebook to use their apps to see where you go and what you search for on the web. The government side is more troubling due to the protections that can be eroded in regard to the fourth amendment.


We all know the stories of official agencies overstepping their bounds due to no or little guidance on the use of new technology and going forward this needs to be tackled more aggressively. Unfortunately, government overseeing government is not the best starting point.

Yet I am encouraged that on this one issue, I agree with A.O.C. that we should start discussing what at least the government is doing with this technology. Maybe even make it clearer what companies are going to do with the info you agree to let them see if you use their app.

More transparency, not less, is always better.

This is why I’m being transparent about my surprise at finding myself in agreement with A.O.C and glad that on this one issue we stand together.

Now, I have to go lay down being I feel lightheaded.

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