Facebook can identify you even if you’re not looking

Just after reporting that Facebook will know how long you’ve been looking at a post, the head of artificial intelligence from the company claims that their facial recognition technology no longer needs to see people’s faces to identify them. Creepy?


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The technology reportedly takes into consideration other clues in the photo when the face is not present (person turning back, passing by, etc).

“There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back,” LeCun said, who leads the team. “For example, you can recognise Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt.”

Their group conducted a test using 40,000 Flickr images wherein the algorithm correctly identified people 86% of the time. The project is still on its experimental stage, but this could potentially mean that it could know that it was you even if you were just in the background of a photo, even when your face isn’t shown.


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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

8 Responses

  1. Avatar for hotruss hotruss says:

    Kind of reminds me of the Faceback App that was used in The Other Guys movie.

  2. Avatar for ocommon ocommon says:

    Solution?! Don’t use Facebook.

  3. Avatar for Nemo Nemo says:

    Security is fleeting these days. No one is secure. Scary and apocalyptic

  4. Avatar for Ren Ren says:

    and this leads to what purpose?

    • Avatar for teki agbayani teki agbayani says:

      easier tagging, can be used for security purposes cctv or this technology maybe used by the far advanced military for a long time

    • Avatar for Zaq Zaq says:

      One day, you’ll be able to identify anyone by pointing your camera at them. And they can identify you.

    • Avatar for SpiderWak SpiderWak says:

      Espionage, anti-crime, perhaps an even more sinister application.. haha

    • Avatar for Zobel Zobel says:

      If you stare into the abyss long enough, the abyss will start staring back at you.

      So Facebook = the abyss? damn, I knew looking at those selfies of my Facebook friends was a form of torture.

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