Facial recognition is an incredibly useful consumer tool for organizing our burgeoning photo albums. Companies like Google and Apple have slowly integrated machine learning algorithms into their consumer photo products, which allow you to search by keywords without the need for manual tagging, or to simply click on a face to see more photos of that person.
Facial recognition and video surveillance can have different applications, both good and bad. But government officials in a Chinese city decided to use it for the latter. They photographed people wearing pajamas in public and announced their photos to shame them. And as if that weren’t enough, there were also names and other personal data published along with the photos.
If you have ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, you know that its image recognition tech automatically suggests tags of people. This feature was set to default, but Facebook announced yesterday that it will no longer offer tag suggestions when you upload a photo. In other words, its facial recognition will no longer be set to default.
On 18 May this year, Taylor Swift’s fans could watch rehearsal clips at her concert at Los Angeles venue Rose Bowl. The clips were played at a special kiosk, but mesmerized fans had no idea that their photos were being taken by a facial recognition camera. The photos were cross-referenced with a database in Nashville, all in order to spot stalkers in case they appear at the concert.
There are several ways to control your drone. DJI lets you do it with hand gestures and by turning your head. But robotics scientists at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University suggest an alternative method. They are exploring the possibility of controlling the drone with a series of facial expressions. They demonstrate the technology in a paper and two videos, and it looks like a pretty interesting idea.
Google’s Art & Culture app has an amusing new feature. If you take a selfie within the app, it finds your look-alike in a work of art. Google compares your face to over 70,000 artworks in their Art Project database and then tries to find your doppelgänger. Sometimes the results are stunningly accurate. But at other times they’re just hilarious.
Japanese app developer Kazuya Noshiro has recently introduced an app he’s working on. It uses iPhone X’s face-tracking feature in the creepiest and the coolest way possible: it makes his face invisible. In a short video he shared, he shows off his see-through face and the room behind him. It’s unsettling and amazing at the same time.
We recently reported about Facebook’s captcha that requires your selfie if your account gets locked. Yesterday they announced a couple of new features, again focusing on the photos of your face. The new tools rely on facial recognition, and according to Facebook, they will “help people better manage their identity” on this social network.
If you happen to be locked out of your Facebook account, you may soon need to upload a selfie to prove your identity and be able to log back in. As a matter of fact, it seems that Facebook has already started implementing this captcha. In case they notice suspicious activity on your account, you will be asked to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face.” After it’s verified, you will be allowed to log back in.