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The "10 Year Challenge" may be an elaborate data collection plan to train facial recognition...

By William Gayde · 4 replies
Jan 21, 2019
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  1. In a Twitter post and follow-up Wired article, tech reporter and industry adviser Kate O'Neill has raised some questions about the social media challenge's real purpose. She proposes that it is all an elaborate data collection campaign to train facial recognition algorithms to detect and predict age progression.

    However, her hypothesis doesn't mean you should delete your photos or that millions of people were somehow conned. The vast majority of these photos are publicly available anyways. She believes the challenge is just a way to easily categorize and classify the data to make training the algorithm a bit easier.

    Training these facial recognition algorithms takes immense amounts of pre-classified data. The traditional approach to train a facial recognition system would have been to gather thousands of photos and manually classify them. That can be very expensive, time consuming, and include lots of useless noise. Thanks to the 10 Year Challenge, all of that hard work has already been done.

    Taking it one step further, O'neill also speculates that insurance companies could use the data to determine who is aging faster than normal and may be a higher insurance risk. This could be used to increase insurance premiums or deny some users coverage.

    Image Credit - Alyssa Foote: Getty Images

    Facebook has denied that they started the challenge, but they wouldn't really need to since they already have access to time-stamped photos. Even if this is just an innocent social media fad, it surely has data scientists and facial recognition system designers happy.

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  2. max0x7ba

    max0x7ba TS Enthusiast Posts: 22   +26

    They already have your photos tagged and dated on Facebook, Instagram, etc..
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +963

    Bullshit. FB literally has access to every picture of you (with most of them tagged correctly) that you've posted since joining (as stated), why would they need you to pair an old and new picture together? (hint: they don't)
  4. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +8

    The mask was here and no one mask .every web cam 720p-4k can be used. PLugins in some programs and then the cam can read txt files scan files and face scanning. even lower quality can find youre face. there are a tv serie With AI that can find you. but are you of the grid it cant find you. just if you have done someting bad DOH. even satelittes can find you.
  5. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 648   +464

    Because clearly Facebook starts all trending memes... o_0

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