Future of Spying: Spheres and Agents

There are numerous spheres where spying techniques (the very term tinged by negative implications only due to some historic reasons) can be applied with obvious benefits for all the participants.

One of them is food industry.

Food industry “spying”

In 2015, the company Mondelez International is going to debut a grocery shelf that comes equipped with sensors to determine the age and sex of passing customers. The shelf, which is hooked up to Microsoft’s Kinect controller, will be able to use basic facial features, e.g. bone structure, to build a profile of a potential snacker. The company expects the shelf to help funnel more of the right products to the right consumers, and even convince undecideds to commit to an impulse buy by offering well-timed in-store commercials or coupons when the embedded weight sensor learns they’ve picked up an item.

The move is almost certain to make it more difficult to resist certain types of foods. Imagine if the produce aisle starts talking about the beta carotene in carrots. The potential consumers can become bombarded with a plethora of ads, all the time, “Minority Report”-style. The choice will become a bit complicated, just like anything in these complicated times. Thus, you’re to form a well-judged opinion on almost every product in advance.

Another sphere of spying techniques application is animals training and their consequent employment for different purposes.


Animals Spies

One of these spheres is a purely scientific research.

The John Downer Productions team created a set of highly realistic robotic penguins to spy on living birds for a recent BBC documentary. Usually, timid birds flee away seeing the approach of a camera team. Robots simplify the life of scientists and film-makers by allowing access to intimate details of birds’ life.

Interesting enough, these robots can remember the identities of individual penguins based on their patterns of spots. They can get blown over and right themselves, fall off a ledge without breaking, and even carry “egg-cams” to drop off at strategic locations.

Besides researches per se, there are defense needs of every particular country. Sometimes, it is necessary to find out important details in circumstances people have no access to. In this case, nonhuman operatives can be deployed: ravens, pigeons, even cats and dogs.

The same methods that lay behind touristic attractions in zoos and circuses formed projects such as training ravens to deposit and retrieve objects, pigeons to warn of enemy ambushes, or even cats to eavesdrop on human conversations. Being pioneered for a national defense sphere, these achievements were widely employed in the TV show commercials later.

Such a company as Animal Behavior Enterprises, or ABE, the off-spring project of governmental research laboratories, undertakes breath-taking efforts to train different animals with the most amazing practical results. Most diverse organizations, from Walt Disney to Florida’s Marineland, were their clients. For instance, they addressed a new Navy program on the training of marine mammals for defense work.

Bottom line

Spying can be called different names and evoke varied implications, but the truth lies in the following – people needed, still do and will always need to find out something about someone. We are an inquisitive species. Thus, monitoring techniques will always be in demand. For instance, the mobile tracking application mSpy allows knowing about every online/offline action of a person with the help of a cell phone. For instance, parents can monitor their kid’s social life and prevent him/her from risky situations, drugs, and etc. No need to employ live agents for tracking/monitoring; this cell phone monitoring app will do it in the most effective manner.

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