I Know That Face

Brave New World

Since the process can extract and classify all the faces in an image, it opens up completely new possibilities for obtaining information. Potent methods of surveillance can be derived from collecting a large number of images, for example, using surveillance cameras positioned in public spaces. Armed with a reference photo of a person of interest, an AI system could easily find out which other people the suspect typically hangs out with in public – which could be put to good or bad use, depending on who's in charge of surveillance and for what purpose.

The Author

Mike Schilli works as a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay area, California. Each month in his column, which has been running since 1997, he researches practical applications of various programming languages. If you email him at mailto:mschilli@perlmeister.com, he will gladly answer any questions.

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