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Face Recognition

I was reading this article called Face Recognition Makes the Leap from Sci-Fi and it is about how face recognition is now a known technology, and how it’s used today in clubs and in advertising. It says that many clubs in Chicago use a face recognition system to tell other people what types of people are in their club, such as height, sex and age. It also says that face recognition is used to tailor advertisements to people based on a smiliar criteria of age and sex. The article also says that these new technologies, ” may herald the end of anonymity”.

As I was reading this article, I thought that these uses were a little frivolous. What other uses could this new technology have that would be more productive to society? Is the ability to identify people technologically going to  be the end of anonymity? Should governments be concerned with this new technology? What are your thoughts?

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  1. November 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    When I read this I instantly thought of the way all of us have used face recognition software. Though facebook. Every time you upload a picture it asks you if you want to tag that face, it will even suggest a person it thinks that face belongs to. I never really though of the science behind it but rather that it was convenient that I did not have to type in the person’s name. This also happens on iPhoto, which as we all have Macs, we all have seen. You can tag a person so later if you are looking for a picture it may be under a person or even if you want.
    In TV shows where there is a casino they always seem to have the face recognition software as well to find guests and scan for people who have counted cards or cheated in various ways before. I think the face recognition software definitely has a lot more potential than just how we organize our photos and could be very useful.

  2. November 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I believe if this tool is used in the right way it should not be a concern to the United States government. Being a business major, I think the “smart” billboards that are discussed in the articles are ingenious. To sell a product an organization needs to market to a certain group of people who they known will be interested in purchasing their product. My using facial recognition these smart billboards can do just that, market certain products depending on the type of people driving by. Although this may seem a bit invasive for the people who are just driving by, it really isn’t and I think it is an absolutely amazing technology for companies trying to advertise.

  3. November 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I think that the US government would embrace this technology more than any other entity. It would give agencies like the TSA or the FBI huge advantages in finding criminals if they can use this technology to hunt down one person out of a crowd or in an airport. I remember watching a “60 Minutes” piece about how the NYPD command center already has the ability to pick out people on security cameras by what color shirt they are wearing. That being said, this new technology could be a huge invasion of privacy, but it probably won’t stop the government from using it.

  4. November 14, 2011 at 3:26 am

    This article hits the obvious comment, “technology is growing.” That’s a no brainer! But what most of us fail to realize is that as technology increases in ease of use and quality, the space that exist between the individual and the rest of the world shrinks! First there was the mobile phone, then the internet, then social websites like Facebook, now this facial recognition software. The point is that It’s almost impossible to hide from the world now! People just have to accept that and be more aware of what they are doing because you never know who will see what.

    For my own part, I think that there should be limits. People should be filmed or photographed in certain places, like their homes, bathrooms, etc. There is a certain amount of privacy that everyone is entitled to. But if you are out in public, then it’s probably fair game, that’s why it’s called being out in public. This is the kind of thing that is not going to go away. If facial identification is not used in the private sector, it will still be picked up by security organizations.

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