Facial Recognition

Monday, August 08, 2011

Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discusses recent advances in facial recognition technology and the implications for security and society.


Farhad Manjoo

Comments [5]

G. Chautin from Westport CT

Iris recognition is used at immigration in the UK for certain types of travelers, like myself, who had permanent residency in England.

Aug. 08 2011 11:24 AM
Louis Steinberg

You said that you can't put a telephoto lens on an iphone, but in fact there are kits that allow you to add slr lenses to an iphone.

Aug. 08 2011 11:08 AM
Nick Lento from NJ

This is a silly discussion in the sense that it is 100% legal to take pictures of the public IN public.

We need to face up to the reality that the day is coming when cameras will ALWAYS be on in ALL public areas that will be linked to powerful AI systems capable of tracking EVERYONE.

Unless we change the Constitution to provide REAL privacy rights the above scenario will become a reality....and "law enforcement" will justify it by saying that it will only have a negative impact on criminals and terrorists..and that the inocent would have nothing to fear.

Of course that rationale would be nonsense since the temptation to become "big brother" would corrupt the watchers. Power corrupts and having that kind of total surveillance available to the government will certainly be abused in ways that diminish people's sense of freedom at the least and at worst, in ways that create a de facto police state.


Aug. 08 2011 11:03 AM

So police will be able to instantly get all information on us by taking our photos in public, but if we photograph the police in public we go to jail.

Aug. 08 2011 11:03 AM
Vic from .

there's recognition...& recognition...
& when the system get it wrong you might just get the film, BRAZIL.

Aug. 08 2011 10:58 AM

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