Facebook has gotten so good at recognizing people,even without seeing their faces,by the successful completion of their recent face recognition algorithms.
While this is both incredible and interesting at the same time, this newest technology is way good at identifying you in photos even without the need to see your face.
According to The New Scientist, the social network presented research that shows it can identify individuals with 83% accuracy, at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Boston.
Facebook’s extremely accurate facial recognition algorithm uses other unique characteristics — such as your hairstyle, your body shape, your body language, your clothing and how you carry yourself — to identify that it’s you.
This is done by putting special things into perspective. According to Yann LeCun, Facebook’s head of artificial intelligence, “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.”
This will really be beneficial to Facebook in many regards, considering they will probably want to incorporate this algorithm into the recently-launched Moments app that helps create collections of photos by scanning your camera roll with facial recognition.
Even though the feature is very impressive, it does not mean every one of us are comfortable with the idea of being so accurately scanned, identified, and recognized by any tech company.
However, LeCun said the technology could actually be good for privacy. Like, it might alert users if their photo surfaces online, even if their face is not clear or they are facing away from the camera.
Is this really a good development, or a ploy by FBI in collaboration with Facebook? Will you feel comfortable knowing your face is easily picked up by networks?