"Computers have been getting better and better at seeing movement on video. How is it that they read lips, follow a dancing girl or copy an actor making faces?"
– from Andrew Blake. Introduction to Active Contours and Visual Dynamics. Visual Dynamics Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
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Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. What Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps take away with one hand, namely privacy, even if you're wearing masks, and with the Chinese relatively dystopian feeling Social Credit Scoring (SCS) system being a prime example, it gives with the other. And as for what it gives back, ironically, that's also privacy. Well, just one of the many ways that companies strip away our privacy is by using facial recognition, for example, from images and video, which they then use to track us, monitor us, and profile us all. Now, however, the same AI technology that's behind DeepFakes could soon be used to help anonymize and hide us online and confuse these facial recognition systems.
As police embrace new facial recognition technology, many fear false matches could lead to wrongful arrests. The fight over the use of our faces is far from done. A raging battle over controversial facial recognition software used by law enforcement and the civil rights of Americans might be heading to a courtroom. The latest salvo includes the American Civil Liberties Union suing the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency for those federal agencies' records to see if there is any secret surveillance in use nationwide. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 31, comes as organizations and law enforcement are going toe-to-toe over what is private and what isn't.
If you're worried about how facial recognition technology is being used, you should be. And things are about to get a lot scarier unless new regulation is put in place. Already, this technology is being used in many U.S. cities and around the world. Rights groups have raised alarm about its use to monitor public spaces and protests, to track and profile minorities, and to flag suspects in criminal investigations. The screening of travelers, concertgoers and sports fans with the technology has also sparked privacy and civil liberties concerns.
To present a large set of automatically FACS-annotated images with gender, nationality and biographical meta-data. To propose a simple pipeline of pre-training and fine-tuning a CNN classifier in an end-to-end fashion for detecting the presence of facial action units that produces state-of-the-art performance. To conduct experiments to systematically investigate the effect of (1) the number of pre-training images and (2) the number of pre-training images of different people.
Facebook isn't entirely shying away from facial recognition, it seems. Code explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a reference to a purported facial recognition system in Facebook's mobile app that would verify your identity. You'd have to take a "video selfie" where you look in different directions to give Facebook a more complete view of your face. It would bit like Apple's Face ID and similar systems, but there's no evidence it would require a depth sensor. Facebook vows that "no one else" will see the video and that it'll delete the clip after 30 days, although that's not quite as secure as systems like Face ID (which doesn't allow data to leave the device, and only captures "mathematical representations" of your face).
Then it was your phone. Now governments in Australia want you to use facial verification to access government services, take public transport and even for your private viewing. Last month the joint standing committee on intelligence and security told the government it needed to rethink its plans for a national facial verification database built off people's passport and driver's licence photos. It said there weren't strong enough safeguards for citizens' privacy and security built into the legislation. Despite the concerns, Australian governments and agencies have come up with some creative reasons to justify the use of facial recognition and sell it to the public.
Privacy advocates used Amazon's facial recognition to scan thousands of random faces around Capitol Hill in Washington DC to highlight the dangers of this technologies surveillance capabilities. While walking around, the team found the facial recognition successfully identified a congressman, but also claimed to spot Roy Orbison – an American singer who died in 1988. The demonstration was a message to Congress to ban the technology, there's no law preventing people from scanning your face without your consent anytime you step out in public. A small group of activists walked outside and inside Capitol Hill wearing hazmat suits and smartphones strapped to their heads on Thursday to protest the use of facial recognition on the public without consent. Using Rekognition, Amazon's commercially available facial recognition software, the activists scanned nearly 14,000 faces that they cross-checked with a database to see if anyone could be identified.
A look at how the demonstrators dressed for their face-scanning protest. So a digital rights group highlighted that point by scanning people's faces in busy sections of Washington, DC, on Thursday. The digital rights group Fight for the Future planned this attention-grabbing stunt as part of its campaign to get facial recognition technology banned. Three activists from the group wore hooded white jumpsuits with yellow signs saying "Facial recognition in progress" on the front. They also had headgear equipped with phones that ran Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition technology.