The other day, I offered a picture of what the near-term future of police surveillance may look like. Today, I’d like you to consider a somewhat more futuristic vision. In this article, Google explains how quantum algorithms may soon be able to spot cars.

If you combined this future capability with today’s existing technology (together the impending era of super cheap, ubiquitous cameras), it is not difficult to imagine how a government agency might soon be able to not only watch us constantly but also spot any “strange” activity immediately.