Chicago Just Convicted A Thief Using Facial Recognition Technology

Chicago Just Convicted A Thief Using Facial Recognition Technology

Now that the general public knows that they are being watched, may as well reinforce that with confirmation. No need to worry, right? You’ve done nothing wrong.

English: Different Types of Cctv Cameras

Different Types of Cctv Cameras (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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For years, we’ve been hearing about how facial recognition software will help solve crime.

Privacy concerns aside, this is the idea: If a criminal is caught committing an offense on surveillance footage, the technology could theoretically scan the person’s face and produce a positive ID based on mug shots or DMV photos.

The problem is, the software kind of sucks, partially because surveillance footage is so grainy. This was one of the many subplots that unfolded in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing.

But the technology is getting smarter.

In Chicago, the tech was used—for the first time in the city’s history—to find a crook and lock him up in prison.

Pierre D. Martin, 35, was a small-time criminal with a long rap sheet, and his mug shot appeared in the police system. Last year, he robbed two men at gunpoint, stealing headphones and a cellphone. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“CTA surveillance cameras captured photos of Martin in both of the robberies. His photo was compared to the department’s 4.5 million criminal booking shots and he ranked No. 1 among possible matches, officials said.”

Chicago police work with NEC, the giant Australian technology company that manufactures a product called NeoFace. As explained in the highly Orwellian video below, the NeoFace technology “assesses” and “matches” anyone caught on video.

Of course, it’s not just city police using facial recognition technology. As evidenced in last week’s latest Snowden leak, the NSA is intercepting “millions of images per day”—including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images”—which translate into ‘”tremendous untapped potential.”

Here’s a song to lull you into these modern times


Gravediggaz – Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide

Rolling Stones – Time Is On My Side



  • Anarchy Pony

    Ctos is alive!

    • Zenc

      Hey, I admittedly haven’t been spending much time on Disinfo in the past few months, so I just now noticed that Calypso_1 is gone.
      What happened there? Did he just go ***Poof*** or did he give some sort of explanation?
      Losing his insights and experience would be tragic. If you know what went on there, let me know.

      As far as “Watch Dogs” goes, I may have to reschedule time from something else and give that one a try.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Calypso still occasionally pops up, I think, but not that often. Watch dogs doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but it is still pretty good.

        • Matt Staggs

          I was interested in it, but my track record on open world games and RPGs isn’t very good. The only one that has ever truly held my attention is Far Cry 3. I still have about a third of the island to explore. Wish they’d port it to XBOX ONE.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Far cry 3 was boss, that’s for sure, but far cry 4 is on the way and looks to be just as good. Bunch of demos and trailers coming out of e3 this week.

      • Jin The Ninja

        i owe him an email, so i’ll ask when i finish it later today.

        • Zenc


          I’ll contact Matt Staggs later and ask him to pass my email address on to Calypso, if all parties are amenable to that.

          But please let me know what you find out, if you’re able.

          • Matt Staggs

            Done. Shot him your email address.

        • Haystack

          Tell him I said “hi,” if you get the chance.

  • BuzzCoastin

    some of Duh Homelands biggest crooks
    are well known & no special technology is needed to identity them
    they’re still at large and
    still run the banks & the gruberment