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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

Tesco to Use Face Scanners at Gas Pumps for Better Ad Targeting

Pumping gas at Tesco is about to get a lot more personal, thanks to new ad-targeting software that the grocery chain is installing at 450 stations in the United Kingdom. The new system will scan consumers' faces and then feed them customized ads based on their age and gender. No permission necessary! » 11/04/13 2:20pm 11/04/13 2:20pm

New Software Makes Skype Chats Way Less Awkward

Everybody who's ever done a video chat has felt the frustration. You call your pal using Skype or whatever so that you can see their face and they can see yours, but whoops, you're not even looking at each other. You're looking at the screen so your eyes are slightly off-center. Annoying! But maybe not for long. » 8/27/13 1:47pm 8/27/13 1:47pm

You Won't Need a PIN When You Pay for Everything with Your Face

Imagine a world where your debit card stays in your pocket at all times, and you never have to touch cash. This is a place where you don't have to remember your wallet, or even phone, when you run down to the corner store. It's a future well off in the distance, to be sure, but dozens of companies are taking the… » 7/18/13 6:10pm 7/18/13 6:10pm

Can You Guess Which Movies These Facial Mashups Belong To?

Every director has his or her own distinct visual mood, but does that mood extend to what types of faces they cast? Based on data pushed through a facial recognition algorithm, these images shows us the aggregate of every face shown in a handful of blockbusters from the past few years. As you might guess, Avatar is… » 7/18/13 2:32pm 7/18/13 2:32pm

Reclaim Your Privacy With Glowing Glasses That Foil Facial Recognition

In a time when it seems like the privacy we all enjoyed was just a smokescreen, it's nice to know there's at least one way to fight back against all the systems designed to keep track of our comings and goings. Developed by Japan's National Institute of Informatics, these glasses include eleven LEDs that blast a… » 6/19/13 8:27am 6/19/13 8:27am

The Massive Facial Recognition Database That's Hiding in Plain Sight

It's only natural to be a little skeeved out by the idea that the government is slurping up your private data behind the scenes, but there's a very public piece of your data being collected as well: the look on your face. There's already a national database of over 120 million faces, and the Washington Post reports » 6/17/13 10:35am 6/17/13 10:35am

Computers See Faces in the Clouds, Just Like You

Humans are all about pattern recognition: we want—and maybe need?—to believe that there’s order and meaning behind everything we see and do in life. The future is divined in teacups, superstitions are put on random objects, and—of course—we see ourselves in everything around us. Like the sky. » 5/27/13 4:00pm 5/27/13 4:00pm

Every Camera Should Have This Hilarious Boob Tracker

If you have a web camera on your computer or front facing camera on your phone or any camera really, you're going to be extremely jealous of this awesome boob tracker feature after watching this video. Who cares about facial recognition! Who cares about Wi-Fi equipped cameras! Every camera needs this boob tracker.… » 4/23/13 9:00pm 4/23/13 9:00pm

Could You Ever Be So Paranoid About Privacy That You'd Wear These Goofy…

It should come as no surprise that quite often, lurking in the shadows, a security camera is secretly leering at you. In stores, in banks, even on the street; and now they can recognize you too. Of course, there are ways to fight back, but unfortunately they include wearing these goofy-looking glasses. » 1/21/13 11:02am 1/21/13 11:02am

This Creepy Facial Recognition System Knows How Often You Visit a Store

You might want to think twice about how often you hang out at your local Best Buy in the future. In Japan, NEC has developed a new facial recognition system geared towards retailers that determines the age and gender of shoppers, and tracks how long and how often they visit a given store. » 11/12/12 12:40pm 11/12/12 12:40pm