Un­masked by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence

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It won’t be long be­fore fa­cial recog­ni­tion soft­ware can fig­ure out who you are even if your face is cov­ered up, said James Vin­cent in TheVerge.com. A group of re­searchers based in the U.K. and India say they’ve trained an al­go­rithm to iden­tify peo­ple even when they are wear­ing dis­guises. The re­sults are “far less ac­cu­rate than in­dus­try-level stan­dards”; for in­stance, the sys­tem can cor­rectly iden­tify some­one wear­ing a cap, sun­glasses, and scarf only 55 per­cent of the time. But the re­search shows how quickly fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy is pro­gress­ing, mean­ing “stay­ing anony­mous in pub­lic will be harder than ever be­fore.” Face­book can al­ready rec­og­nize peo­ple based on their hair, body shape, and pos­ture. in­for­ma­tion to res­cue boats pa­trolling flooded neigh­bor­hoods. As Hur­ri­cane Irma bore down on the Florida coast last week, Zello surged to the top down­load spots on Google Play and the Ap­ple App Store. The app has 100,000 users world­wide, and is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with Hong Kong taxi driv­ers, as well as peo­ple in coun­tries like Egypt and Venezuela “where gov­ern­ment ser­vices strug­gle to meet de­mand.”

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