Oof has the week only just begun? Things in America are very weird currently. With people (especially in SF) coronaprepping, and larger tech companies (Twitter, Square, Coinbase) encouraging more people to work from home, the vibe is def very nervous. Seems like Delhi just had their first reported case as well, dark days ahead. Keeping with the dark vibe, some interesting “Big Brother”-esque news from Gujarat & a deeper dive into an interesting environmental data company I came across today.
Details emerged that the police in Vadodara is using ClearVvew AI, an American based facial recognition compared that has partnered with over 2000 government & private agencies across the globe.
The company has been quite controversial because it essentially scrapes the entire internet (including social media platforms like FB, IG) for pictures of people (and I guess both US and non US citizens).
The city of Vadodara is ramping up their surveillance in the city and it’s things like this which make me really concerned about privacy & control in India. The police & state can essentially gather all this information on you without you knowing what is being gathered, when it is being gathered, and how it is being used.
We might be slowly becoming China, but not in the way I imagined
In other non-apocalyptic news, I came across this company called Ambee today.
They are an API-driven company that provides data & services about pollution, weather & other meteorological data points. I think this is very interesting especially in a country like India which accounts for 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world.
The company can sell the access to this data (& certain data models that it builds on top of it) to businesses doing anything remotely related to weather & pollution (healthcare, automotive, aerospace or even real estate).
The company currently gathers data from 65 countries so can easily start selling their services globally from day one, and it’s way cheaper than deploying sensors all across the world yourself.