Facial Recognition or Faceless Man?

Our brains cannot remember the faces of everyone we cross on the street, but for better & for worse facial recognition software can. 

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Facial recognition software will transform our lives for good or for ill. On the one hand, it will be used to make retail transactions more seamless, to replace keyed entry into houses and cars, and to provide other benefits that we can’t yet even imagine. However, it could also be used for corporate and governmental surveillance in ways that undermine civil liberties and reduce privacy. Caleb Watney joins Matthew and Paul to discuss the potential promise and peril of facial recognition technology.

What does facial recognition technology do? What algorithms or parameters are being used with facial recognition? What are the positive applications of facial recognition software? How can facial recognition improve our lives? Will facial recognition be used for ‘targeted search’? Where does our data go? How much anonymity should we enjoy?

Further Reading:

A Framework for Increasing Competition and Diffusion in Artificial Intelligence, written by Caleb Watney

Facial Recognition Software: The Future Is Here, written by Daniel Newman

Matthew Feeney discusses facial recognition software at airports on FOX News

Giving TSA Facial-Recognition Software Isn’t Worth a Faster Security Line, written by Matthew Feeney

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