Researchers develop AI to fool facial recognition tech


A team of engineering researchers from the University of Toronto have created an algorithm to dynamically disrupt facial recognition systems. Led by professor Parham Aarabi and graduate student Avishek Bose, the team used a deep learning technique called "adversarial training", which pits two artificial intelligence algorithms against each other. Aarabi and Bose designed a set of two neural networks, the first one identifies faces and the other works on disrupting the facial recognition task of the first. The two constantly battle and learn from each other, setting up an ongoing AI arms race. "The disruptive AI can'attack' what the neural net for the face detection is looking for," Bose said in an interview with Eureka Alert.

The AI that can STOP facial recognition:

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It could be the answer to the ever more invasive facial recognition systems used by Facebook, Google and others to try and identify you in every picture put online. Researchers at the University of Toronto have revealed AI software than can tweak your snaps so you can't be identified. They say their Instagram-like filter can tweak pictures so they look the same to human eyes, but disrupt machine learning systems used by web giants to identify users. Researchers from the University of Toronto have developed an algorithm specifically designed to disrupt facial recognition systems. The technology uses a deep learning technique called adversarial training, which puts two artificial intelligence algorithms against each other.

'Godfathers of AI' Receive Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of Computing - AI Trends


The 2018 Turing Award, known as the "Nobel Prize of computing," has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence. Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun -- sometimes called the'godfathers of AI' -- have been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning. The techniques the trio developed in the 1990s and 2000s enabled huge breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition. Their work underpins the current proliferation of AI technologies, from self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses. In fact, you probably interacted with the descendants of Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun's algorithms today -- whether that was the facial recognition system that unlocked your phone, or the AI language model that suggested what to write in your last email.

Concerns as face recognition tech used to 'identify' criminals

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What can your face say about you? Face recognition technology can pick up on things like your age, gender and maybe even your mood. Now, two researchers say it could even tell whether you're a criminal. But other researchers have criticised the results, and say the work raises ethical questions over what face recognition technology can and should be used to detect. It's clearly an "emotionally charged" subject, says Xiaolin Wu at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, who co-authored the study.