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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Comcast Cable Box Watches You!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:52 AM

DARPA isn't the only group sticking surveillance cameras in unconventional places.Comcast revealed today that they want to put video cameras in your cable box so they know who's sitting in front of the tube. Senior VP of Comcast, Gerard Kunkel, assuaged all our Orwellian fears when he specified that the cameras won't be able to recognize your face, just the shape of your body! Oh, okay, that's less creepy. The cameras, which are still in the "experimental phase" will not only use the recognition technology to suggest shows based on individual tastes, it will choose what ads you watch. Does this mean that women will be subjected to endless tampon, douche and cleaning product commercials while guys get the cars, beer and action movies? The whole thing gives me that not-so-fresh feeling. (via Gizmodo)–Andy Wright

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