Forget Your Cunning Disguise, This Face Recognition Tech Can See Through That!

Khryss | Published 2017-09-28 20:57

I'm sorry, you're not fooling anyone.

Ditch the hat and scarf, take off that mask. For those who are planning to rob a bank, beware (lol); you might not be able to do the "perfect" crime anymore.

When looking at someone, say, your friend, there are certain places our brain pays most attention to. Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained an algorithm to recognize such 14 key facial points and used the information to "see through" a person regardless of what disguise they're wearing.

“In effect, it is able to see through your mask,” says Singh.

Two thousand different photos of people wearing hats, glasses, scarves and fake beards were utilized for the algorithm to indicate how disguised faces corresponded with the undisguised faces. When tested, the system identified people wearing scarf with 77% accuracy. 66% for those wearing it with a cap, and 55% for those wearing it with glasses.

“This will [even] work very well for this type of camouflage (camouflage makeup) because it works on key points of the face,” he says.

Researchers plan to take this research forward and test this on rigid plastic masks like the V for Vendetta type. And while this can be used to identify criminals, there's still certain problems on privacy such as when it is used to identify protesters. “It kind of impinges on the privacy of people,” he says.

 “There’s always a trade-off between security and privacy,” says Anil Jain at Michigan State University. He says we're all subjected to surveillance with security cameras in public places; so, if you're not doing anything wrong, there's nothing to be worried about, really.

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