The biggest challenge facing technology columnists in today’s hyperlinked/hyperdrive world is this: From the time an article is submitted to the time it appears in print, some of what’s been written about is already obsolete.
Okay, I’m exaggerating – but only a smidge. This past January, I wrote about the future of biometric ID systems at airports, bionic eyes and flying cars in Jetson-esque terms. Eight months later, I’m reading a story about Gatwick becoming the United Kingdom’s first airport to confirm it will permanently use facial-recognition cameras for passenger ID checks. The airport has reported a dramatic reduction in passenger queuing times during trials, and the technology is slated to eliminate human checks at a range of entry points. It seems the speed at which computer vision is advancing from testing to commercialization is Concord-quick, isn’t it?