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A U.K. Pub is Using Facial Recognition for Crowd Control, Making Sure No One Cuts in Line

The Infinite Brief
A pub in London, England uses facial recognition software to form a digital queue and prevent people from cutting in line.

A large TV screen is mounted above the bar with a live video feed showing the people waiting for a drink. Beside the image of each customer, a number pops up to indicate where they are in the line.

Bartenders are equipped with tablets and can keep track of the queue, eliminating people from the line as they are served.

The company says video collected at the pub never leaves the building and is deleted every evening, yet the system sets a dangerous precedent.

Curated from CBC

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