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Hyperface Project – worried about facial recognition, this project has a way around it


Facial recognition is something that is spreading through our technology. Facebook uses it to make tagging photos easier, surveillance technology uses it to track people. If you’re worried about your privacy, the Hyperface Project may put you at ease, in theory.

Anti-surveillance clothing and fabric isn’t new. Since we’ve had cameras we’ve been trying to keep them from capturing our image unless we want them to. The Hyperface project does things a little differently, this cloth, instead of keeping systems from recognizing your face, it gives the system way too many faces.

The fabric is printed (woven?) with patterns that will make the algorithm that identifies faces see thousands of them which may overwhelm it making it impossible to identify any faces. This doesn’t mean that someone looking at your photo won’t be able to tell that it’s you, it just means that a computer won’t. If you’re worried about the constant tracking of your face, the future might be in, not hiding it, but giving the system too many faces to look at.

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