How To Hide From Face-Detection Technology

This could be a very important skill, pay attention kids! By John D. Sutter for CNN:

If you take Adam Harvey’s advice, here’s what you might wanna wear to a party this weekend: A funny hat, asymmetrical glasses, a tuft of hair that dangles off your nose bridge and, most likely, a black-and-white triangle taped to your cheekbone. Optional: Cubic makeup patterns all around your eyes.

All of these otherworldly fashion accessories – which could leave a person looking kind of like an opulent villain from “The Hunger Games” – have a singular goal: to stop your face from being detected by cameras and computers. Called CV Dazzle (short for “computer vision dazzle;” more on the name later), Harvey’s project is a provocative and largely theoretical response to the rise of surveillance cameras on street corners and face-detecting technology that’s been incorporated into social networking sites like Facebook and Flickr.

If you employ these techniques, Harvey, 30, hopes computers won’t even know you have a face:

I don’t want to be unrealistic about it. It’s a pretty conceptual project but it seems to touch on a subject that people are still trying to figure out, which is how to adapt to living in surveillance societies, where not only are you being watched by government surveillance but by citizen surveillance and social-media-type surveillance.

The face appendages aim to trick face detection software by obscuring computer-readable parts of your face…

[continues at CNN]


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7 Comments on "How To Hide From Face-Detection Technology"

  1. Jin The Ninja | Apr 30, 2012 at 9:32 am |

    not a problem for the ninja clans: hensojutsu.

  2. Calypso_1 | Apr 30, 2012 at 10:22 am |

    The ever evolving dance of mimesis and crypsis.

    It is good to carry some powdered rouge in one’s sleeve.

  3. justagirl | Apr 30, 2012 at 10:46 am |

    ummm. where’s the rest of the photo?  wtf.

  4. GoodDoktorBad | May 1, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    I’m thinking of having a barcode tattoo’d on my forehead. “Fuck Off” written in glorious ASCII…..

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