10 thoughts on “How To Defeat Facial Recognition”

  1. Who knew that the cyber-warriors of the 21st century would rely on warpaint?

    Hmm. Have to file that one away. Sounds like a great first sentence for a SF novella….

    1. The killer app, if you’ll pardon the pun, would be makeup that can trick the facial recognition system but also look normal to a human, “Mission: Impossible” style.

      Or pretend to be a KISS cover band. As Johnny Mnemonic said, “If they think you’re crude, go technical; if they think you’re technical, go crude.”

  2. Makes you wonder if the facial recognition issues contributed to the Juggalos being classified as a gang by federal law enforcement.

    1. Sure, until the algorithms get sophisticated enough to just say, “That weirdo with the blue bangs weave obscuring the left half of his face and the multicolored sequins on his right cheek.”

      1. The objective of anti-face-recognition is to confuse that pert of the algorithm that identifies where a face is in an image. Adapt the algorithm to deal with enough range of obfuscation and it starts to see faces in all kinds of features that aren’t faces. Which touches on another tactic, fashions designed to trigger facial recognition on not-faces.

  3. What was the name of that Alfred Bester novel again?

    Also how about another dummy head on each shoulder? Or a picture of one. I think a Colin Kapp novel used that one to defeat an AI.

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