We all have that feeling that Facebook watches our each and every move right? It may be paranoia or just that you’re plain crazy. Or maybe not. According to Facebook’s new and improved face recognition algorithms, they can detect people and correctly identify them despite their faces being covered. Yes, even if your face is clouded in a random photograph, it can still be used to identify you.
According to Yann LeCun, head of artificial intelligence at Facebook, they wanted to adapt these technologies to recognize people in certain scenarios where their face isn’t clear, which accordingly is something that humans already have no problem doing.
There are certain characteristics of a person that can be used to correctly identify them even if you look at them from a different angle.
This of course raises a number of privacy issues. For example, algorithms like this could actually help in a photo app like Facebook Moments or even Google Photos. This also means that you can essentially be identified in a random photo taken by someone else despite your face being concealed, even if you’re trying to remain hidden on purpose. Resistance is futile.
Facebook’s algorithm thus far identifies people with an 83% success rate in tests which means the algorithm is indeed performing very well.
All in all though, despite the innovations in facial recognition, it’s no fun when you’re pointed out from a group by a random stranger. If such is the case, then certain privacy measures will have to be taken into place to protect the identity of users.