Via Tara Servatius at the Meck Deck: These creepy new Orwellian streetlights are straight out of 1984. They double as surveillance cameras and can spy on pedestrians, photograph and record their movements and conversations, direct advertisements and government messages at them, count crowd numbers for police and much more. They are operated as a two way system. ABC 7 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where these lights are being rolled out with a federal grant, reports that owner/designer Ron Harwood is now “working with Homeland Security” to implement these streetlights as part of a high tech network. .... ‘Talking surveillance cameras’ that use a speaker system similar to the Intellistreets model are already being used in UK cities like Middlesborough to bark orders and reprimand people for dropping litter and other minor offenses.