Did you ever wonder how law enforcement was able to link the Tsarnaev brothers to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings so quickly? One of the most important eyewitnesses to the horrific bombing never took the stand and never said a word to the jury. It was a camera. But Bob Leonard, the skilled photographer snapping 10 to 20 photos a minute with his Nikon that ill-fated day, likely gave no thought to the ubiquitous and invasive technology now becoming the norm.
This photo was taken in Canada and shows about 700,000 people. With the increased use of innovative technology, it’s virtually impossible to disappear in a crowd. Pick a small portion of the crowd — even in the distance, double-click a couple of times — wait — click a few more times and see how clear each individual face becomes. Using the wheel on your mouse also works. The images are incredibly sharp!
The pictures were taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2100 Mega Pixels.) These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. The camera can identify an individual face among a multitude of people.
It’s not so easy to hide in a crowd anymore. In this photo* of Barack Obama delivering his Jan. 2009 inaugural address, Bill Clinton had to show up with Hillary. They’re a few rows behind and to the left of Obama and his teleprompter. The Supreme Court Justices are directly behind Obama. Wander around. You’re sure to recognize more than a few faces in the vast grouping.
* Photo by David Bergman