The incredible range of clever and easily hidden spy cameras around these days means that we are now getting used to thinking about the world in a different way.
While this might seem like just a relatively minor piece of modern technology, the appearance of powerful yet virtually undetectable spy cameras is something that could change our way of thinking in some very interesting ways.
The Evolution of Spy Cameras, why it will change your life and save you a ton of money.
Crime Becomes Tougher to Hide
Any criminal who wants to hide their actions now has it tougher than ever before. This is because the days of only having to avoid physical witnesses are long gone.
Even if no-one is around and there are no obvious CCTV cameras to avoid, the criminal simply can’t be sure that there isn’t a tiny, hidden camera recording his actions. He might get away with what seems like a perfect crime but he will still have a doubt about whether or not justice will eventually catch up with him.
Therefore, the hope is that this kind of surveillance equipment acts as a deterrent in the long run, rather than simply being a way of catching people after the crime has been committed. Clearly, we can’t expect crime to ever completely disappear from the world but there is no doubt that this technology makes criminals think twice.
Anything Can Be Filmed Anywhere
In recent years, small and portable cameras have greatly increased the number of things that can be easily filmed. From dashcam footage of car accidents to breath-taking adventure sports videos, it is now easy to get out and film just about any anything.
This is going to continue to be a trend with tiny spy cameras that can be taken anywhere. You could even end up filming your entire day if you want to.
You could just fit a spy camera to your clothing and get out and about. At the moment, limited memory space and battery life means that most of the different spy cameras on the market only last for a relatively short period of time.
As they issues are made less of a concern due to improved technology, it may be that we each take out a camera with us in the way we take a phone just now. If anything interesting, funny or controversial happens to us we can then share or save the footage immediately.
Imagine the future of documentaries and films if the footage were to come from the images recorded in this way? We could also get up even closer to the action in big sports events, with a thrilling first person perspective of what happens.
Fewer Human Rights Abuse
One of the most serious issues that we need to consider in the future of spy cameras is the way in which they could be used to reduce human rights abuses. The days of police, soldiers and other authority figures getting away with criminal acts should be numbered.
Even if the victim doesn’t have a spy camera on them, there is no way of knowing if a witness is wearing one or if there is one somewhere in the room. The clock, the cup or even the insect on the wall could be recording everything that is going on.
As with the crime issues we looked at earlier, there is no point pretending that this advance will lead to a perfect future world with no human rights abuse whatsoever. However, it is a step in the right direction that should certainly make a difference to the rights of people all over the world.
Resolve Disputes and Legal Cases with Clear Evidence
Can you imagine the day when any difficult court cases can be decided by viewing the footage recorded by all of the witnesses? Miscarriages of justice should certainly be a thing of the past once we can see exactly what happened with our own eyes from a number of different angles and perspectives.
Imagine how intriguing cases such as the JFK assassination and Princess Diana’s death would have been cleared up fairly quickly if there were dozens of spy cameras switched on in the area. Unresolved mysteries are going to be to in shorter supply once a lack of details and differing eye witness accounts become a thing of the past and the truth quickly becomes obvious.
As well as legal cases and major incidents, this could also make a difference when it comes to minor disputes at home or at work. Who ate the last cookie and who put the folder in the wrong place are questions that will be answered very quickly just by reviewing the relevant footage.
Coming clean and telling the truth will be the best option when you know that the evidence of what you did is out there.
Feel More Security and Safety but Less Privacy
Perhaps the biggest issue that we will see from an increase in the use and effectiveness of spy cameras is the trade-off that takes place. One the one hand, we will see an increase in our levels of security and safety wherever we go.
No matter where you are, you can feel confident when you are recording everything around you, especially if you upload it to the cloud or have someone watching the footage in real time. Yet, the downside for many people is that this will signify an overall loss of privacy.
It seems that we are probably going to have to get used to the lack of privacy that all of the other advances we have looked at will naturally entail. We will simply never know when we are being watched or not.
Having said that, getting used to this situation is something that probably started a few years ago anyway. Since everyone around us has a mobile phone in their possession we know that we could have our photograph taken or appear in a video at any time.
The widespread use of spy cameras could simply be looked upon as being a natural progression in our lifestyles and way of thinking. It seems clear that we are now far better prepared for being surrounded by small, portable cameras than at any time in the past.