A few years ago I attended an annual conference of Balkan political leaders. Middle-aged men filled the room. In the back a younger woman who could certainly have adorned the cover of a fashion magazine stood out in stark contrast.
I wondered: who could she be? Those sitting beside me had no idea. I wondered if one day technology could identify any stranger at a moment’s notice. On that day, only by happenstance did I later learn her identify. Soon, facial recognition programs may help instantly inform us who’s who. Some new services are offering the first steps toward that reality, capabilities that have already stirred up controversy.
Today a new service called Creepface.com allows users to enter photos to check against a database of 475,000 registered sex offenders. “Potential Dates, Babysitters, Roommates, Renters, Coaches, Teachers… Scan them all with CreepFace,” advertises the site, part of FacialNetwork.com. Full Article