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Social impact of computer vision
Author(s): Howard Baetjer
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From the viewpoint of the economic growth theorist, the broad social impact of improving computer vision should be to improve people's material well-being. Developing computer vision entails building knowledge of perception and interpretation into new devices which enhance the scope and depth of human capability. Some worry that saving lives and replacing tedious jobs through computer vision will burden society with increasing population and unemployment; such worries are unjustified because humans are 'the ultimate resource.' Because development of computer vision has costs as well as benefits, developers who wish to have a positive social impact should pursue projects that promise to pay off in the open market, and should seek private instead of government funding as much as possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2962, 25th AIPR Workshop: Emerging Applications of Computer Vision, (26 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267813
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Howard Baetjer, Loyola College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2962:
25th AIPR Workshop: Emerging Applications of Computer Vision
David H. Schaefer; Elmer F. Williams, Editor(s)

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