You can whine, but you can’t hide.
You can also be a domestic terrorist, a disgrace to civilization, and an inarticulate buffoon…but you can’t hide.
All of those Antifa members who are “standing up for what they believe in” behind their masks are now officially unmasked.
Ready or not, here we come!
“We” in this case being the law and rational, intelligent human beings.
According to The Daily Mail, new facial recognition software can detect even the identities of people who have their faces covered:
The Disguised Face Identification (DFI) system uses an AI network to map facial points and reveal the identity of people.
It could eventually help to pick out criminals, protesters, or anyone who hides their identity by covering themselves with masks, scarves or sunglasses.
The software could also see the end of public anonymity, sparking privacy concerns from one academic, who has labelled it ‘authoritarian’.
Leave it to the academics to be more concerned about privacy than identifying terrorists.
And how is this an invasion of privacy if your face isn’t covered?
Where, how, and when do you think this technology will actually be used?
Who will they be targeting? (I’ll give you a clue: they’re wearing masks.)
Those covering their faces usually have something to hide.
Let’s think of all those terrific law-abiding citizens that don masks…
The Ku Klux Klan.
Yes, let us protect the privacy of violent racists, murderous terrorists, and those who take our money.
But it is understandable that many would be concerned depending on who gets their hands on said software.
The application of this would look very different in Russia or North Korea than in the United States. It could benefit authoritarian governments.
Does that mean research towards such recognition should stop?
Though researchers have not perfected this software (it is still only 56% accurate, 43% when the individual is wearing glasses), those in charge of the project believe it will only be a matter of time.
So how exactly does this work?
DFI uses a deep-learning AI neural network that the team trained by feeding it images of people using a variety of disguises to cover their faces.
The images had a mixture of complex and simple backgrounds to challenge the AI in a variety of scenarios.
The AI identifies people by measuring the distances and angles between 14 facial points – ten for the eyes, three for the lips, and one for the nose.
It uses these readings to estimate the hidden facial structure, and then compares this with learned images to unveil the person’s true identity.
Of course, if one group of researchers is capable of producing said software, it is likely that researchers of any regime could do the same.
It reminds me of the Manhattan Project, the development of the atomic bomb, and the concern of Albert Einstein and Robert J. Oppenheimer.
Both were pacifists, but both also were terrified of Hitler. And so the development continued.
What are your thoughts on this development?
Should we discourage further research for fear authoritarian governments will use this to police the innocent?
At what point does protection of citizens trump fear?