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August 16, 2006

How Google's Neven Vision could track our lives

Stephen Baker

Could Google's purchase of Neven Vision could lead to a vast people-tracking system? With technology that recognizes faces, imagine a search for the image of you. It could plow through yearbooks, through the photos on social networking sites, through Flickr. If it could actually distinguish your face from all the different angles, and with different lighting, one search could put together a timeline of your movements. It could also establish the people you hang around with--your social network.

Take this one step further. If the photos from the fast-growing network of security cameras were ever added to the stream, this facial-recognition could follow our lives, virtually step by step. From my interviews with mathematicians, I'm told that facial recognition is still at a fairly primitive state. Current systems work far better with straight-forward mug shots than with the helter skelter shots of our lives. Still, as this technology matures, it promises to change everything from Internet search and the hunt for terrorists to our most basic concept of privacy.

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Hey, based on user input, FaceBook does a pretty good job of this. And as for privacy, well, we ain't got none. While this video is a spoof, it isn't far from the truth (give it time): http://www.aclu.org/pizza

Posted by: Ken Leebow at August 16, 2006 02:28 PM

This post touches on one of the more amazing capabilities of the human brain and perception system. It never ceases ti amaze me how we are able to shoot the briefest of glances at a person in any number of positions and immediately know who they are. May times this ocurs in a combination of pose, light, haircut, dress, that we have never encountered before. This type of recognition likely requires massive parallel processing that computers have traditionally had a very hard time reproducing. For me at least, it reminds me of how far AI would have to come to approximate what we consider to be some of the most mundane of tasks: saying hi to a friend you bump into in the subway.

Posted by: Aidan at August 17, 2006 03:24 PM

I donot think that google will succeed to do this because computer hackers had already found it soloution so ..............

Posted by: Rahat John at August 28, 2006 03:56 AM

BW

Posted by: andrew at April 19, 2007 02:31 PM


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