Facebook can now recognize you without seeing your face

By Dieter Holger ยท 8 replies
Jun 23, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="facebook facial recognition yann lecun computer vision and pattern recognition" src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/06/2015-06-22-image-27.jpg" /></p> <p>On Monday&rsquo;s Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Boston, Facebook unveiled an experimental algorithm that can identify you without seeing your face. Normally, Facebook uses facial recognition technology to suggest who&rsquo;s who in a photo &mdash; but that&rsquo;s changing.</p> <p>Thanks to the new algorithm, the social network can now recognize you based upon your body, hair, and clothing. At the conference, Facebook explained how the technology can recognize Mark Zuckerberg because of his wardrobe.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back. For example, you can recognize Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt.&rdquo; Said Yann LeCun, the head of Facebook&rsquo;s artificial intelligence lab.</p> <p>And the artificial intelligence algorithm is scarily accurate. In one test, nearly 40,000 Flickr photos were scanned and people were identified successfully 86 percent of the time, <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27761-facebook-can-recognise-you-in-photos-even-if-youre-not-looking.html">New Scientist</a> reports. The photos were run through a <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/15/microsoft-computer-vision-beats-humans/">neural network</a>, a system which attempts to compute more like the human brain.</p> <p>The technology raises more questions about our privacy on the web. Even if we were trying to hide our faces in a photo, Facebook could still potentially identify us. So, if you&#39;re trying to conceal your face in a photo, beware, because that might not be enough to hide you from Facebook.</p> <p>However, LeCun thinks the technology could protect privacy by alerting you when photos of yourself surface on the Internet. How exactly this would work wasn&#39;t explained, but it&#39;s clear that Facebook is trying to calm down concerns about this amazing -- but creepy -- technology.</p> <p>But what do you think? A leap forward for artificial intelligence, or a step backward for privacy?</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61077-facebook-can-now-recognize-you-without-seeing-face.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61077-facebook-can-now-recognize-you-without-seeing-face.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61077-facebook-can-now-recognize-you-without-seeing-face.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +1,083

    When I clicked on this it went to the original article instead of the Techspot version of the article.
    Uvindu likes this.
  3. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    Just what the world needed... :/
    SalaSSin likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I don't care in the least. FB will have a hard time recognising me simply because I don't have one of those waste of data and time accounts anymore but when I did I never thought to use my mugshot on my profile page, I was too busy mooning for the camera... I guess that's close enough. :D
    learninmypc likes this.
  5. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 304   +97

    One more reason to not use it
    urbanman2004 likes this.
  6. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 149   +58

    I guess that means we will recognize you by means of your ***, then...
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    That's what I was alluding to. :D
  8. urbanman2004

    urbanman2004 TS Rookie

    This is some freaky skynet sht here
    Don Jewell likes this.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,673   +413

    Too funny. I've seen some odd looking "mugshots" that aren't even human, have fun fb. :)

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