Ok, this one just creeps me out. According to Chris Albrecht at NewTeeVee, Comcast is developing devices with a built in camera designed to recognize the person turning on the cable box. Comcast’s official reason for developing this is to improve the quality of the customer viewing experience. The cable box would make recommendations on the user profile. Comcast claims that it would be based on facial recognition but rather based on body forms.
There are enough surveillance cameras in public places. I understand that it is possible to be caught on one of those several times a day. Also, for the most part these cameras are needed for security reasons or for loss prevention. However, I do not want or need essentially another video surveillance camera in my own home. This entire idea just seems a little too Orwellian for me.