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The Wall That Knows If You're a Criminal 119

Barence writes "A German company called Dermalog is showing off a wall-sized transparent display that can tell a person's age, mood and criminal intent simply by scanning their face. The system displays data about the user next to their face, and is a demonstration of a fraud-prevention system that matches criminal intent to certain characteristics. PC Pro's tester wasn't overly impressed. 'If the face was a good enough indicator of mood then it should have tagged me as "freaked out on business technological ennui," not simply "happy", and no police force would accept a description of someone as "aged between 45 and 75 — that's the gap between Daniel Craig and Jack Nicholson.'"
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The Wall That Knows If You're a Criminal

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  • Re:Face scan? (Score:4, Informative)

    by jythie ( 914043 ) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @10:30AM (#43092821)
    My thoughts exactly. I thought that was a bit of pseudoscience we had seen the last of...

    Then again, the whole 'reading' people seems to be a new fad that has really picked up over the last few years. Books, TV shows, newsertainment, all trying to claim you can magically tell what someone is really thinking/intending without them knowing.... and even today they teach this garbage to LEO as if it was actually accurate.
  • by kannibal_klown ( 531544 ) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @11:06AM (#43093299)

    I think you're over glamorizing the common criminal.

    Sure, there are tons of con-men and con-women out there that could talk you out of your wallet's contents with a wink of an eye. And sure, there are a lot of well-dressed pick pockets out there... so you don't think they're up to something. And lets not even delve into the white-collar criminals.

    But a majority of criminals are not that sophisticated and wearing decent clothes. There are PLENTY of thugs out there as well as hoodlum kids.

    Try walking down a bad part of Newark or Chicago some time. Trust me, if-and-when you are the victim of a crime it won't be the handsome guy in a suit or the hawt girl in a nice dress. Chances are it will be a thug (of ANY color / creed / whatever) that takes your stuff.

  • facecrime (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @12:43PM (#43094823)

    facecrime: An indication that a person is guilty of thoughtcrime based on their facial expression. Orwell's definition : "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."

    The 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual. :(

  • Psycho-Pass (Score:4, Informative)

    by Ultra64 ( 318705 ) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @01:19PM (#43095297)

    Sounds like Psycho-Pass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-Pass#Plot [wikipedia.org]

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