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'Person of Interest'--how true to life?CNET Editor Brian Cooley on the set of the new CBS Drama "Person of Interest" gets a first-hand look at the technology and information being used to shape story lines.
-The eyes that never sleep, in streets, on buildings and ATMs. 50 million video cameras silently rolling on our every move, capturing our location and when we were there. 4 billions hours a week recorded typically and monitored live possibly, and all of it at the core of a new CBS drama. -The CBS show, Person of Interest, revolves around this concept of a machine that can hear, see, and therefore, know just about anything about any of us. Who's doing what with that information, that's part of a mystery. -You have a decision to make. -It can give you another number. -The leads on our show are doing work that they're uncertain or they feel ethically uncertain about and yet compelled to pursue it. -Most of them are just ordinary people like her. -A thousand, 2000, 5000 different images simultaneously. This machine can see all at once. It's almost-- -Uh huh. -like, you know, [unk] say, the Big Guy. -Even if you think you can get through the day without being caught on video, your cellphone can sell you out. 83% of American adults now carry one. 35% are smartphone with advanced integration into their daily lives. -The public wanted to be protected. They just didn't wanna know how they were being protected. -The government has been actively trying to build exactly the sort of database and technology that we talked about in the pilot that we feature in the show for at least 10 years. -So, when they finally got a system that worked, they kept it secret. -So, while Person of Interest envisions a specific machine, in fact, we already live with one. -Thanks. -The connectable dots of many forms of everyday surveillance that are perhaps even more powerful than what Finch and Reese work with. -I know, I'm fine.