Not everyone wants to be facially recognized.
We sympathize with those who feel that facial recognition has the look and feel of invasion of privacy. If China is monitoring jaywalking with facial recognition cameras, and Germany is loading passengers with facial boarding passes, and many US companies are using facial recognition for monitoring employee attendance, what’s next?! The sublime needs a ridiculous. 20 Facial Recognition Search Engines For Online Photo Search The internet has a plethora of facial recognition search engines designed to help you find all the pictures of all your friends. And, of course, yourself.
Well, here’s a possibility of some well thought out resistance to the push toward facial recognition. Facial UNrecognition. And it comes from a somewhat unlikely place, Yandex, the Russian search giant, is considered the world’s best in technical development of facial recognition software.
Grigory Bakunov, the director of technology distribution at Yandex, has invented an anti-facial recognition algorithm to conceal people’s identities. There’s a reason why this compelling idea of facial UNrecognition hasn’t gone viral or mainstreamed as yet. So far the means of concealing people’s identities is done with the help of makeup. You shouldn’t be thinking lipstick or eyeliner. You should be thinking football eye black! But worse. Yes, there’s a picture!
Grigory set aside some time to develop an algorithm that prevents facial recognition software from successfully identifying a person.
Although the original intent was to provide this special makeup as a service to hide a person’s identity from artificial intelligence scanners, he dropped the service when he realized that a very interested group would be criminals.
Bakunov said, “An easy but effective algorithm was developed very fast.” We are “able to offer futuristic makeup that could trick smart cameras with just a few facial lines. However, he said, “The chance that someone might use it for nefarious purposes was too high.”
You will see in the picture to the right the “few facial lines.” Not very complementary. But very effective. I think you might even be able to hid your identity from your mom. Or spouse. Probably from yourself as well. “Is that me in the mirror?” However, on the other side of the ledger, you would draw a significant amount of attention to yourself, so that while your identity is well hidden, you yourself? Not so much.
I don’t know much about anti-facial recognition algorithms, but I’d say Grigory needs to go back to the drawing board. Maybe an invisible ink?
How about the idea at Carnegie Mellon University to design glasses that could trick facial recognition software into thinking you are someone else. But that’s an old one. $3.99 at Amazon.
Besides, now they are teaching AI to “see” what’s underneath the mask, ball cap and glasses bank robbers wear. No hiding place down here!