“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A scary thought ...
Saturday, July 24, 2010

My wife's iphone has an app that recognizes music -- it can listen to a song playing on a restaurant's soundtrack and tell you what it is ... even if it's instrumental with no vocals. Amazing.

Google and iphoto have software that recognizes human faces. When you upload photos, your computer now can recognize with fair accuracy who the people are, and then label them accordingly.

Okay ... I'm getting a little concerned. How far away is this scenario: An obsessive, scary individual sees you on the street and thinks you're hot. He snaps a photo of you with his phone, then uploads this onto his computer, which, thanks to the shared image libraries of facebook and google, instantly tags you by name.

Think about this. There will be no more anonymity. Anyone who wants to know you are can find your identity based solely on a picture.

These are new lands we are exploring, people. Fascinating ... and a little spooky.



1 Comments:

Anonymous Levi Montgomery said...

As I understand it, from an unfortunately unnameable source, airports now use face-recognition technology in their video security systems, looking for "known criminal."

July 24, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

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