This Aussie AI camera tracks your car, model and number plate And streams it online

| 18.02,20. 11:22 AM |


This Aussie AI camera tracks your car, model and number plate And streams it online


A new AI camera is monitoring traffic at a busy Perth intersection. (9News)


A new highly-advanced surveillance camera has sparked a debate about privacy and artificial intelligence in Perth.
The camera, developed by private Perth-based tech company Aero Ranger, is able to track every vehicle, number plate and model at a busy intersection - and stream it live on YouTube.
"The purpose of this AI camera here ... is really to start the conversation of artificial intelligence and how it can be used in the real world," Aero Ranger CEO John Colebrook said.
Aero Ranger claims the camera collects no data and that the live-stream is harmless.
Law Society president Nicholas Van Hattem said it was entirely legal.
"Filming activities in a public street is not illegal, people don't have a right to privacy in a public street," he said.
Mr Colebrook said the technology was not being used for identifying people, merely to work out statistics about the use of the intersection.
But some fear this sort of technology is a small step towards a surveillance state.
China is expected to complete its social credit system this year, with the country's entire population monitored around the clock by 200 million CCTV cameras.
Actions the government considers immoral - including jaywalking, buying alcohol, or even playing too many video games - could see citizens blacklisted and shut out of the system.
State leader of the Liberal Democrats and MLC, Aaron Stonehouse, warned that Australians should be wary about going down that path.
"We enjoy a certain level of freedom in this country and we need to stay vigilant and ensure that we protect that," he said.
Actions the government considers immoral - including jaywalking, buying alcohol, or even playing too many video games - could see citizens blacklisted and shut out of the system.
State leader of the Liberal Democrats and MLC, Aaron Stonehouse, warned that Australians should be wary about going down that path.
"We enjoy a certain level of freedom in this country and we need to stay vigilant and ensure that we protect that," he said.

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