In case you needed another reason to get paranoid about your growing loss of privacy, Facebook has now successfully developed facial recognition software that performs to the same standard as the human brain. [Cited FB research paper.]
The project is called “DeepFace”, and its recognition rate of 97.25 is closely comparable to human accuracy at 97.53%. Even with variances in lighting; and even when the angle of the shot is different. If you’d like to get into the detail, the link above gives a nice condensed summary.
What could this mean in the future? It’s hard to predict, of course; but here are a couple of questions that I was wondering about:
- Will social networks be retained by law enforcement for location purposes?
- Any impact on searches for missing children?
- Combine public surveillance video cameras with DeepFace — that’s a powerful tool. Anyone regulating that?
- Can anyone (or entity) now video record my public behaviour, and purchase a ‘relationship’ with Facebook?
- The Disney Corp. has my fingerprints (Apple too) and my vacation photos. Who’s preventing them from telling everyone my favourite rides?
If we’re not feeling a growing loss of anonymity, we probably should be. That 97.25 percent is going to soon be well above 99%, and if the authenticity of a photo’s creation and authorship can be established… there are going to be both good and evil possibilities that need to be considered.
Now, where is my GPS tracking, fingerprint-authenticating, device? I have to go take a few ‘selfies’ at a hockey tournament with my son this weekend.