Oh yes, and because the San Francisco police department doesn’t currently use facial recognition technology, this ruling bans something that wasn’t actually being used.

So is this just meaningless legislation; something which sounds and looks good on paper, but ultimately achieves nothing?

It’s a proactive move that will hopefully lead to others following in its footsteps.

Technology which seemed like science fiction within the span of many of our lives is now everywhere.

A display showing a facial recognition system for law enforcement during the NVIDIA GPU Technology ConferenceMuch of the adoption (and a great deal of the money) in facial recognition comes from security applications.

This is something we’re seeing a great deal of today in places like China, where the state media frequently talks up its abilities to identify (and, in turn, take action against) individual criminals within crowds of thousands of others.

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