Facial recognition software has become increasingly common in recent years. Facebook uses it to tag your photos; the FBI has a massive facial recognition database spanning hundreds of millions of images; and in New York, there are even plans to add smart, facial recognition surveillance cameras to every bridge and tunnel. But while these systems seem inescapable, the technology that underpins them is far from infallible. In fact, it can be beat with a pair of psychedelic-looking glasses that cost just $0.22. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have shown that specially designed spectacle frames can fool even state-of-the-art facial recognition software.
Animals can't tell us when they're in pain, so owners and veterinarians have to rely on other cues to help treat animals in discomfort. But determining that amount of pain might have just gotten easier: Researchers at the University of Cambridge used facial recognition software to figure out the amount of pain a sheep is in simply by looking at it. When a sheep is hurting, it makes certain predictable facial expressions. It's so reliable, in fact, that scientists recently introduced the Sheep Pain Facial Expression Scale (SPFES) to easily determine the amount of pain a sheep feels. However, training humans to read these facial expressions and tics is time consuming; that's where the computer comes in.
The Calgary Police Service became the first force in Canada to start using facial recognition software to match suspects against a mug shot database this week, but it likely won't be the last. The use of facial recognition technology is growing not just in law enforcement and security fields but also in commerce. "One of the reasons face [recognition] is so popular is that face images exist of almost everybody," said Kevin Bowyer, an expert on biometrics and computer vision and chair of the department of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Some cellphone apps use face recognition instead of passwords to give users access to devices. "You've got your driver's licence photos, you've got your identity badges wherever you work, so you've got this legacy of images that are easily accessible for everyone."
Facial recognition is a software application that creates numerical representations by analyzing images of human faces, in order to compare against other human faces and identify or verify a person's identity. From checkout-free or thief prevention at retail stores to helping identify missing or exploited children or victims of human trafficking, facial recognition is transforming industries by serving different purposes. According to a report, the current facial recognition market is estimated at $3.2 billion and is expected to grow to $7 billion in revenue by 2024 at a CAGR of 16%.
Samsung launched a new update for its Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone in Europe, Thursday. The over-the-air software package includes Google's monthly security update for April, which will have fixes for 49 common vulnerabilities and exposures for Android and 16 specific to Galaxy devices. SamMobile obtained a copy of the changelog, which was in Dutch. The update is expected to be distributed in stages globally and has already rolled out in Belgium and Germany. In case, you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Galaxy, we would suggest that you navigate to the Settings section and check for the update in the Software Update subhead.