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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass? 469

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the creeps-only dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Since the first demonstration of the plausible future abilities of Google Glass, instant facial recognition has been one of the most exciting ideas in the pipeline. According the the development group Facial Network, the time for real-time facial recognition through Google Glass is coming a lot sooner than we originally expected. This isn't an app developed by Google, it's a 3rd party developer group — they've gone and done it first!" The application is not on the Play store due to the ban on facial recognition. It performs real time recognition, and pulls information from public databases. The authors intend to allow people to opt-out of the recognition database.
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

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  • Killer App (Score:4, Informative)

    by Javal (2436716) on Tuesday December 24, 2013 @04:21AM (#45773557)
    It will be a god-send for people with prosopagnosia (face blindness). Can you imagine the awkward social situations in which you don't recognize people? Your colleagues, friends or even family?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 24, 2013 @05:42AM (#45773893)

    Assault and battery at a minimum.

    More likely get sued and have to pay their support for a couple of months.

    Some might even see that as a way to make a living. A bit painful for couple of days... but each lawsuit would pay for a months wages for three or four people.

    At your expense.

  • Re:Ready or not (Score:4, Informative)

    by freax (80371) on Tuesday December 24, 2013 @06:28AM (#45774083) Homepage

    I even wonder how opting us all in automatically is even legal in my country. I don't care about the US but I'm pretty sure that here in Belgium there are laws against this. Sorry for the Dutch article, but here is an example of it: []

  • face blindness (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 24, 2013 @07:08AM (#45774233)

    I have prosopagnosia (face blindness) to the extent where I can’t identify myself in photographs. I’ve been to the store with my mother and got separated from her, only to start talking to a woman who had a similar haircut and clothing to her, who was getting very confused as to why some stranger was calling her ‘mom’.

    Some kind of facial recognition software would be invaluable to me, but I could not in good conscience use something that did not use just a limited, pre-approved, personal database of people.

"If John Madden steps outside on February 2, looks down, and doesn't see his feet, we'll have 6 more weeks of Pro football." -- Chuck Newcombe