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WCCO AM 830 with Cory Hepola, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021; Always-on cell phone camera – good or bad?

Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon chip will support an always-on cell phone camera. Is this a good or bad thing?

The idea is, with an always-on camera, cell phones can use facial recognition to authenticate or make other decisions.

Bottom line – it’s not a big deal. An always-on cell phone camera does not mean anyone is using it to record or transmit anything. And, even with the camera off, evil software can always turn it on.

But I am not a fan of authenticating by facial recognition alone. Hopefully Google, the cell phone makers, and the carriers come up with a two-factor authentication (2FA) scheme.

Some of my proudest moments are from the US military family video events we did in 2004 – 2009 before the rest of the world figured out how to do video over the public internet. Here is a link to the 2009 Tailgating with the Troops event we talked about on the radio. You’ll want tissues handy to watch it. By 2021, the technology is obsolete, but the emotions are still on the cutting edge.

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