Automating Plod

Inside Clearview, the secretive facial recognition start-up that can reveal your identity from single photo

Such a horror, eh? Getting a machine to do what an untrained Plod can manage.

“Here’s a picture. Know ‘im?”

“Jim down the petrol station Sah!”

There are indeed things to think about. Like machines being able to do this can be produced in their millions and thus we can be id’d walking down the street – each and every street. But it’s the deployment that is the potential problem. Not the being able to recognise from a single picture.

10 comments on “Automating Plod

  1. a detective in a sex crimes unit who said police were able to identify eight offenders and victims in just over a week and a half thanks to the tool

    Apparently not just ‘facial’ recognition then.

  2. Why do you have to identify victims? Don’t they come forward? Or didn’t she know she was a victim until the police wokesplained it to her?

  3. Shirley it needs at least two photos. The reference photo and the enquiry photo.

    ….unless they are going to enforce a tattoo’d bar code on people’s foreheads.

  4. Once you start looking at population sized groups, say fifty million, you’re going to find that for any individual there are dozens of close lookalikes that cannot be distinguished at any reasonable resolution.

    How good is it with beards and niqabs?

  5. ”Why do you have to identify victims?“

    Maybe found some dodgy photos or movies when arresting someone and want to find out the person that’s in them?

  6. BniC

    Good point. I had considered the possibility that there were so many assaults going on that the victim had to be identified first to make sure you had the right one, but I was thinking about surveillance cameras and had overlooked the enthusiasm our guests have for recording their exploits.

  7. “Once you start looking at population sized groups, say fifty million, you’re going to find that for any individual there are dozens of close lookalikes that cannot be distinguished at any reasonable resolution.”

    Have you ever seen a professional celebrity lookalike that you can’t distinguish from the real thing?

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