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Reading this headline I begin to understand certain people’s worry about having their soul stolen upon being photographed.



Images of us can be sourced from any number of places: social media, government surveillance, private surveillance. Video less so but from the same sources. Audio from phone companies, VoIP services, surveillance, etc. Health data easily from a number of private companies if you use new-age "health" services, or less easily (illegally) from health records.

Maybe we can find solace in the fact that is or will soon be infeasible to avoid, so we needn't try to avoid it.


“Don’t worry, just about anyone can steal your soul and there’s nothing you can practically do to stop it”

That doesn’t seem like a message of solace to me.


The message is "Just about anyone could replicate your voice, its value in authentication is about as trustworthy as writing your name at the bottom of a letter"


>> Maybe we can find solace in the fact that is or will soon be infeasible to avoid, so we needn't try to avoid it.

It's the meager solace of the absolution of personal responsibility - there's no way to avoid it, so at least no one can say "why did you allow that to happen to you".


I am okay with the events that are unfolding currently.

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“When remedies are over griefs are ended”


I had that exact same thought the other day in respect to biometric data from photographs.


Even decades ago I gave such reported concern with photographs more credence than the typical western account of it. I also wondered if the translation was precise enough -- could it (in some cases) have reflected a concern with "essence" more generally? Even without reference to a soul the concern can be a bit immaterial.


I'm looking forward to moving past just talking about the AI and concentrate on the new products the tech enables.

I guess it's similar to how most photos are a means to an end now, rather than the final product. ie satellite imaging or Instagram.




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