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Facebook will soon be able to ID you in any photo

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 02:51 AM


Appear in a photo taken at a protest march, a gay bar, or an abortion clinic, and your friends might recognize you. But a machine probably won't—at least for now. Unless a computer has been tasked to look for you, has trained on dozens of photos of your face, and has high-quality images to examine, your anonymity is safe. Nor is it yet possible for a computer to scour the Internet and find you in random, uncaptioned photos. But within the walled garden of Facebook, which contains by far the largest collection of personal photographs in the world, the technology for doing all that is beginning to blossom.

Catapulting the California-based company beyond other corporate players in the field, Facebook's DeepFace system is now as accurate as a human being at a few constrained facial recognition tasks. The intention is not to invade the privacy of Facebook's more than 1.3 billion active users, insists Yann LeCun, a computer scientist at New York University in New York City who directs Facebook's artificial intelligence research, but rather to protect it. Once DeepFace identifies your face in one of the 400 million new photos that users upload every day, “you will get an alert from Facebook telling you that you appear in the picture,” he explains. “You can then choose to blur out your face from the picture to protect your privacy.” Many people, however, are troubled by the prospect of being identified at all—especially in strangers' photographs. Facebook is already using the system, although its face-tagging system only reveals to you the identities of your “friends.”


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:21 AM

That's why I hate fb, i don't even remember how fb's wall looks like :P

Edited by TheDcoder, 10 February 2015 - 03:22 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 06:05 AM

Its going to be like next step of privacy protection but no protection!
Once it is deployed, its like autotagging and all people will know you look like this and were at that location.
Why dont FB share this new tech bit to law enforcement agencies so that they can use the surveillance cameras and CCTVs more effectively?
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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:47 AM

Never understood why people needed to expose themselves to the world like this! Some teenagers have even committed suicide after being ridiculed and intimidated on Facebook. I don't have a Facebook account to my name, nor pictures of myself and my family on the Web, nor will I ever.


Sorry for those who will suffer privacy issues in the future, but you've asked for it...

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 05:02 PM

I can alos, PROUDLY, say i have never had, or will have, a facebook account. Infect i don't think i've even evr followed a link that led to the site. It looks like in this world of many cameras and algorithms searching their photos and videos sunglasses, wide brimmed hats and false moustaches and beards might soon become popular. The next thing you will need to look out for is cameras trying to identify you from the way you walk.
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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:12 PM

That's good! :)  Congrats!

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