There are lots of complaints and criticism about the current state of automatic facial recognition systems which tend to focus on and highlight their limitations and inaccuracies. But, turn this around.
What if Machine Facial Recognition were 100% accurate. Think for a moment what that would mean. Every bridge toll camera, every private and government operated ‘surveillance’ camera, every Facebook and Instagram posting could be scanned and every face perfectly identified! A complete record of when and where you had been, and with whom can now be created, analyzed and searched!!
And, when you stopped to look at that store display, did you know that the person behind you, accidentally positioned so that she appeared to be with you was a sex worker, or that guy behind you was a gang member that you could now be associated with? Or that you always went through the Bay Bridge toll gates on workdays between 9:17 and 9:23 AM? What parts of your ordinary comings and goings just are “none of your business“? As the technology improves, you will be identified along with time and place more frequently, more accurately and without your consent.
How often do you use the restroom? Why do you take a particular side street and not the freeway? How come you always get on the next-to-last BART car? For extra credit, read up on China’s use of facial recognition in Xinjiang province.
WE DO NOT NEED ‘BETTER” FACIAL RECOGNITION. WE DO NOT NEED ANY FACIAL RECOGNITION.