Big Brother is Watching You and Talking to You

The Council of Middlesbrough, England has set up a system of public surveillance system of security cameras that watch people and also reprimand and yell at people who are causing trouble or engaging in criminal activity.

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“It is like a public humiliation in a way, but it means that the person won’t do it again,” Cr Barry Coppinger said. “The voice addresses the person who is littering, for example, directly by saying, ‘Could the person in the green jacket please pick that up’.”

Mr Coppinger hopes the talking cameras, which cost £50,000 ($125,000) to set up, will act as a deterrent to troublemakers. He said feedback had been encouraging since they were installed last month.

The warnings are given by camera operators at a command centre.