An evil thought on facial recognition technologies

Just can’t help myself.

So there’s this claim that recognition can be done with just the one piccie now, as mentioned earlier in the day.

There’s also that mess with Google’s piccie recognition tech not being able to distinguish between melanin enhancement and a gorilla.

Assuming the problem persists still – a reasonable one – that means that the crime fighting ability of the piccie recognition technology is rather low. The very people we want to be able to identify are those we cannot.

Society is, as we all know, afflicted with a surfeit of gorilla crime these days.

13 comments on “An evil thought on facial recognition technologies

  1. Civil liberties aside…

    Imagine if we could apply for a visa and our passport photo is uploaded to the country’s database. No need for immigration lines, we just walk through the border and cameras check faces. If you don’t match an alert is raised for immigration officials to take you aside for a check.

    Much better than queuing for hours at immigration.

  2. “Society is, as we all know, afflicted with a surfeit of gorilla crime these days.”

    True dat! So the technology’s limitations are a feature not a bug.

  3. An acquaintance of mine used to regularly get into military establishments in the 1980s with a Dennis The Menace Fan Club membership card

    The photo on it was indeed of a Gorilla, in fact it looked remarkably like ‘Gerald’

    He was in possession of valid ID, it just used to amuse him how often he got away with it. Needless to say it did not work at Faslane….

  4. Every few months some dimwit on Comment is Free (sic) will claim that film exposure is racist by design.
    Amid the usual nonsense among the comments someone would patiently try to point out that a process based on the presence of visible light would struggle with pulling detail out of anything which depended for its colour on the absence of visible light – whether that was a dark face or a black hat.

  5. @DJ
    Imagine if we could apply for a visa and our passport photo is uploaded to the country’s database. No need for immigration lines, we just walk through the border and cameras check faces. If you don’t match an alert is raised for immigration officials to take you aside for a check.

    Nice thought, but way beyond current (and any plausible future) technology. The best we can do at present is the automated passport scanning, which relies on you standing still, in a designated position, and under controlled lighting, in order to match your face with the biometric details on your passport. Picking individuals from a moving crowd and matching them (or not) against a database of millions in real time ain’t going to happen. Even searching for a few hundred ‘most wanted’ in the same way, to be segregated for a more intensive inspection, is beyond current capabilities.

  6. Easy to mistake melanin enriched human for Neanderthal or large ape

    eg London Bridge killer Usman Khan

    Tip: Navy type “Dazzle” Punk Make-up defeats facial recognition

  7. Melanin enhanced. Hmmn. Strictly speaking they are the original humans and we are a bunch of autistic albinos.

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