Your Face Will be Recognized

A Japanese company is set to release a surveillance camera system that can search through 36 million images per second to match faces with those captured via still and video cameras.

Via Singularity Hub:

The scenarios that this system could be useful for are endless. The police, for instance, could find individuals from old surveillance video or pick them out of large crowds, whether they are suspects or people who’ve been kidnapped. Or if a retail customer is caught stealing something on camera, the system could pull up footage from each time the customer has been in the store to identify other thefts that went unnoticed…

… Interested parties have to contact [Hitachi Kokusai Electric] directly, which is probably wise in order to control whose hands it ends up in. And this means that soon, the only thing that’s going to be anonymous anymore are the agencies and organizations using the software.

Somewhat Related: In a separate article, Singularity Hub profiles Face.com, an Isreali facial recognition company that provides apps and API services to third parties. To date they’ve identified 41 billion faces from the world’s online images and their algorithms include data such as gender and mood from the photos.

Their latest innovation: determining the approximate age of the person being analyzed.

"Our physical quirks, our mistakes, the inflection in our name, our proclivities and our tendencies, they all get rolled into a singular collection of traits that define who we are. And that collection is what people see first and foremost when they receive our personalities. Without that identity, all anyone has to judge a person on is their words via the prism of objective reality. It only cares whether our views on organic chemistry or foreign policy are relevant. It separates the world of ideas from the filthy meatspace we are bound by."

All Hail Anonymity - Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones - Technology - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)

(via infoneer-pulse)

apropos to recent conversations about Google’s war on pseudonyms in Google+