FAST FIVE: Orwellian Nightmare: Six US Cities Make List Of Most Surveilled Places In The World
Because closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the US have increased from 33 million in 2012 to nearly 62 million in 2016 and could double or triple from there in the next five years.
28 with 5.61 cameras per thousand residents; San Francisco No.
38 with 3.07 cameras per thousand residents; San Diego No.
John Chafee told Route Fifty that surveillance cameras “play a vital role” in keeping the public safe and the city is expected to expand its more than 7,800 cameras in the next several years. “Access to these cameras multiplies the number of eyes we have on the street looking for criminal activity and assisting with situational awareness during large events and gatherings,” Chafee said.
Artificial intelligence will be the next layer added to these cameras in the early 2020s, acting as automated police officers, as individual rights and privacy are inexorably stripped away in the US government's quest for supreme control over everything.