Face Recognition


Two areas for familiar face recognition in the primate brain

Science

Familiarity alters face recognition: Familiar faces are recognized more accurately than unfamiliar ones and under difficult viewing conditions when unfamiliar face recognition fails. Using whole-brain functional magnetic resonance imaging, we found that personally familiar faces engage the macaque face-processing network more than unfamiliar faces. Familiar faces also recruited two hitherto unknown face areas at anatomically conserved locations within the perirhinal cortex and the temporal pole. These two areas, but not the core face-processing network, responded to familiar faces emerging from a blur with a characteristic nonlinear surge, akin to the abruptness of familiar face recognition.


Walmart wants to monitor shoppers' facial expressions

USATODAY

In the future, Walmart shoppers may not have to ask for help. A recent patent filing suggests new ways the nation's top retailer wants to get even closer to its customers: a video system that a system keeps tabs on customers' facial expressions as they move through the store and the movements at checkout lines. According to the patent, Walmart says it's easier to retain existing customers than acquire new ones through advertising. "Often, if customer service is inadequate, this fact will not appear in data available to management until many customers have been lost.


Facial recognition could strike at our right to privacy

Daily Mail

There are few sights more dispiriting than a long queue at ticket offices or machines when you're rushing to catch a train. There are few sights more dispiriting than a long queue at ticket offices or machines when you're rushing to catch a train. Last month, a UK-based technology company called Blippar unveiled the world's first mobile phone app that uses facial recognition software to identify people instantly -- from information that exists about them online such as Facebook or Twitter profiles and Instagram -- simply by pointing a phone at them. To some consumer rights advocates, facial recognition technology is arguably the last frontier of privacy in the digital age, and its growing use is causing alarm.


What Is Apple BiometricKit? iPhone 8 Face Recognition DevKit Could Release Soon

International Business Times

The technology is expected to replace the Apple TouchID fingerprint sensor which has been there in iPhones since iPhone 5S. It seems, just like the ARKit, Apple might provide a BiometricKit to developers for creating more applications for the face recognition sensor inside the device's front camera -- it could be used for more than just unlocking the device. Chances are that the upcoming device features facial recognition, but without a TouchID sensor. Read: iPhone 8's Facial Recognition Feature To Be Used For Apple Pay Payments According to some reports, TouchID could be moved to the edge of the handset alongside the power button, however, this hasn't been done before and the possibility of Apple altering the form factor of its device to accommodate a TouchID sensor doesn't seem very high.


Your face might do more than just unlock the new iPhone

Engadget

Not only are there further suggestions that the physical Home button will be ditched, but according to Troughton-Smith, some pointers inside the firmware for Apple's incoming HomePod suggest that a new iPhone could have a screen with a resolution far beyond that found existing models, as well as mentions of facial expression detection. Inside the leaked firmware, there's a value for whether a device has a Home button or not: for this new mystery device, a "0" means it does not, while other code unearthed suggest that a "home indicator" is how Apple will tag its virtual home button of the future -- one that might not always appear when using the entire screen, like watching video or playing games. There's also a lot of new references to facial expression detection pic.twitter.com/8PsPVj1QqU While we've already heard about an infra-red based face unlock function, Apple appears to be adding even deeper functions to it front-facing sensors. An array of facial expression tags suggest that cameras could be registering your mouth positioning, while elsewhere "attention detection" suggests the iPhone will know if you're focused elsewhere.


Using artificial intelligence for forgery: Fake could be eerily real - IoT Agenda

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The researchers envision the future version automatically producing realistic sound effects good enough for use in movies and television. A startup called Deep Art uses a technique known as style transfer -- which uses neural networks to apply the characteristics of one image to another -- to produce realistic paintings. Other work being done on multimedia manipulation using artificial intelligence includes the creation of 3D face models from a single 2D image, changing the facial expressions of someone on video using the Face2Face app in real time and changing the light source and shadows in any picture. Secret agents control millions of botnet social media accounts that tweet about politics in order to shape national discourse.


Using artificial intelligence for forgery: Fake could be eerily real - IoT Agenda

#artificialintelligence

The researchers envision the future version automatically producing realistic sound effects good enough for use in movies and television. A startup called Deep Art uses a technique known as style transfer -- which uses neural networks to apply the characteristics of one image to another -- to produce realistic paintings. Other work being done on multimedia manipulation using artificial intelligence includes the creation of 3D face models from a single 2D image, changing the facial expressions of someone on video using the Face2Face app in real time and changing the light source and shadows in any picture. Secret agents control millions of botnet social media accounts that tweet about politics in order to shape national discourse.


--gata Lapedriza: "There are emotion recognition apps with many positive uses"

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In particular, my thesis was on computer vision, which is the branch that attempts to simulate the human visual system: we try to make machines that can have visual perception, that can understand visual information, images and videos. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston, there is a very good scene recognition and interpretation group. As I said, the most advanced technology in relation to recognition of emotions is facial expression analysis. What we posit in this project is that although it is very good to analyse the expression of the face, which transmits a great deal of information, the context is fundamental to accurately understand people's emotional states.


Say Cheese! New Singapore Air Terminal Automates Departures With Face Recognition

U.S. News

Automation is important for the city-state as it faces a labor crunch across many of its industries. It is also key for Changi given it is the world's sixth busiest for international traffic and is already operating close to total capacity, having last added a terminal almost a decade ago.


Israel removing metal detectors from al-Aqsa compound

Al Jazeera

The Israeli security forces have started to remove metal detectors installed at entry points to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem. Israel installed metal detectors and security cameras after gunmen shot dead two Israeli guards near al-Aqsa compound - Islam's third holiest site - on July 14. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said that hundreds of Palestinians protested against the security cameras with advanced face recognition software that won't be removed. OPINION: The al-Aqsa metal detectors aren't a security measure "Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades at the protesters, and more security forces were placed at the Lions' gate of the mosque," our correspondent said.