The Library of Congress combed through a massive collection of photos that arrived seven or eight years ago. While they managed to identify nearly all the people in them, there are still 17 mysterious images left. And to identify the people in them – the Library of Congress needs your help.
As I’m sure you know, Holocaust victims count millions of people. The estimates go between 11 and nearly 27 million, and according to some sources, more than one million of them remain unidentified. This makes it impossible for their descendants to discover them, learn more about their history, and pay a tribute to them.
Daniel Patt, a software engineer working for Google is on a mission to help them. He has created From Numbers to Names (N2N), an AI facial recognition platform that identifies unknown Holocaust victims from the Second World War photos.
Instagram has released a new set of tools made for determining the users’ age. If you claim that you’re over 18, you will have to provide the platform with a video selfie so that AI can take a good look at you. Alternatively, you may also be asked to submit a photo of your personal ID or have adult friends vouch that you are, indeed, older than 18.
With facial recognition technology you can take pictures of people in the street, run them through publicly available photographs online, and get a match.
You would have heard this statement if you had been listening to the 20 September 2016 episode of Seriously on BBC Radio 4, called ‘The Online Identity Crisis’. I only heard it yesterday, though, as I caught up with it by podcast. It did, however, set me thinking. Just how likely, or easy, is it that someone should take a photo of me in the street, run said image through facial recognition software, and be able to identify me?