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@Bruce, @WiderMouthOpen This is mostly unrelated to OP's post, but I watched an episode of "America's Book of Secrets" on History Channel the other night entitled "Big Bother is Watching" that I think you might find interesting.
Near the first of the program, the narrator says something like "There are those that believe in the existence of a book...". All it takes for the complete statement to be true is for someone at History Channel to have told a couple of hard core conspiracy theorists that it exists. For the record, I'm not a believer. Keep in mind this program is from the same people that brought us "Ancient Aliens", stories about Bigfoot, etc. But, some of it could be real. (Hello, NSA ).
It's currently available On Demand: TV > TV Networks > Networks H-M > History > America's Book HD > America's Book Secrets S1 Ep09 HD
I'd be interested in hearing what you think.
A book of what?
Overhead facial recognition from space? Yet we can't find a Malaysian aircraft or hordes of white supremacists terrorizing our streets? If this technology exists, I'd think you'd see more gov't employees wearing big, floppy hats...veils...or buckets.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! was popular in its day because it exploited our natural curiosity and resistance to reason. It's just entertainment.
Satellite facial recognition may or may not have been how the CIA identified Bin Laden, hence my use of “supposedly”. They could have leaked that story to protect their local, ground source. Had the story been an automated drone strike launched by an algorithm from facial recognition software, it would have been dismissed as pure nonsense. But, facial recognition software could have been used to trigger a possible hit that was subsequently verified by eyes on the satellite image by a lot of people who then made the determination that it was in fact Bin Laden.
Publicly available satellite cameras are limited to 25 cm resolution. Government spy satellites with 1 cm resolution can see clothing details, cracks in the sidewalk and small bits of trash on the ground. It’s entirely plausible that satellite face recognition could have been used to help identify Bin Laden at a specific, suspected location. However, locating a downed airliner at an unknown location somewhere on the ocean floor is a higher level of difficulty that’s not available… yet.
It's the art of persuasion and your explanation follows the same script as Ripley's!
First, you're open-minded when a show starts. Second the narrator says something outlandish (satellite facial recognition) and you can't help but roll your eyes. Third, the narrator then rebuffs the outlandish claim (leaked to protect) to reinforce your skepticism and then further repudiates the claim with, "How could an algorithmic facial-recognition program ever instantly launch an unmanned drone in time to make the kill? It's crazy to believe!"
Then your pessimism is disarmed and you become open-minded again. Then you think, "But wouldn't it be awesome if it were true! Bait, set, hooked.
Fourth, the narrator tosses some numbers for plausibility: 25 cm...1 cm...details on clothes (Osama's clothes?)...trash on the ground (Osama would be bigger than trash!). Besides, what would you really know about satellites? Satellite positioning? Orbits? I don't know but 1 cm sounds pretty technical!
I don't know if this is true. I do know satellites are tens of thousands of miles above with clouds, trees and shadows in between and would need to be at a low angle to see a face...so it'd be a one-in-a-gazillion chance anybody in a country of 37 million people would be OBL.
We've had way more conversation about this subject than the one short comment about it in the program I watched. My original intent was to give you and WiderMouthOpen a heads up about a TV program that discussed the technological tools our government uses to safeguard American citizens from terrorist attacks. Somehow it morphed into this satellite facial recognition conversation. I'm not looking to be friends with you, but I thought that program would be something you might want to check out and we could have a civil conversation about it. I should have known better. That would have taken away from the time you spend in this forum. You said you didn't have any friends. It's not hard to see why.
CurtB said:My original intent was to give you and WiderMouthOpen a heads up about a TV program
FYI I don't watch TV anymore.