'Big Brother' lampposts launched in America can see, hear and talk to you

New lampposts designed by Illuminating Concepts, and being rolled out in Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh can see, hear and talk to passers-by, and represent a new type of state-surveillance in the United States.

Inspired by the 9/11 terror attacks and Hurricane Katrina, each lamppost has a microprocessor “essentially similar to an iPhone,” capable of wireless communication. The lampposts can capture images, count people for the police through a digital camera, record conversations of passers-by and even give voice commands thanks to a built-in speaker.

As well as the 'homeland security applications' Illuminating Concepts' new lamppost is also energy-efficient, long-lasting, complete with LED screens to show ads.

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