Facebook Says It Can Now Recognize You from the Back of Your Head

Well, this is scary. The head of artificial intelligence at Facebook now says the social network’s experimental facial recognition technology is so advanced that it can read other clues in photos to recognize individuals. In other words, Facebook’s technology no longer needs to see your face to know you’re you. » 6/22/15 6:06pm 6/22/15 6:06pm

Privacy Experts Gave Up on Facial Recognition Talks With Big Tech Firms

A team of privacy lobbyists have been working with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to “craft privacy safeguards for the commercial use of facial recognition technology.” But talks with major technology firms have gone so badly that they’ve abandoned the discussions. » 6/16/15 4:15am 6/16/15 4:15am

Morgan Freeman Becomes E.T. and Other Age-Prediction Software Horrors

Yesterday, we got a look at a fun (if creepy) little bit of tech that claims to give us a peek at our grizzled, age-stricken faces in 20 years' time. What we got was certainly... something. So we decided to put the Future Self software to the real test, by inputting celebrities as they were 20 years ago and… » 10/07/14 12:01pm 10/07/14 12:01pm

This Website Shows You What You Might Look Like in 20(-ish) Years

As (presumably) living, breathing humans, we can't not spend exorbitant amounts of time wondering about the future. Will I have kids? Will I be dead? Will I finally get my goddamn hoverboard? All valid questions! And while Orange's new site, Future Self, might not answer all (or any) of them, it does attempt to at… » 10/06/14 2:35pm 10/06/14 2:35pm

The FBI Just Finished Its Insane New Facial Recognition System

After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of U.S. citizen's faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis. » 9/15/14 11:31am 9/15/14 11:31am

Report: The NSA Collects Millions of Faces From Email, Texts, and More

Not only is the NSA interested in all your email and text messages, it would love to know exactly what you look like. The New York Times reports that the agency has been using new facial recognition software to tap into millions of images in emails, texts messages, video-conferences, and even social media to build a… » 6/01/14 12:00pm 6/01/14 12:00pm

This Facial Recognition Software Signals the End of the Security Guard

Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it's often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, "sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel," yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and… » 3/20/14 5:20pm 3/20/14 5:20pm