Facebook has developed software that is able to recognize faces just as accurately as you can.
Researchers say that DeepFace, as the program is ominously called, can determine whether two photographed faces are of the same person with 97.25% accuracy. The company claims that humans only score slightly better on the same test: 97.53%.
Based on information like the distance between the eyes, and from the nose to the eyes, Facebook’s existing software is already able to suggest friends to tag when you upload a photo. DeepFace, however, uses much more advanced technology, creating a 3D model of the photographed face, which it is able to rotate and compare with other images.
Currently, the software is only a research project, but as with all of Facebook’s endeavors there’s a moneymaking end goal in sight: learning more about us, so that ads can be even further personalized. (CEO Mark Zuckerberg also aims to develop software that can decipher our moods through our status updates and comments).
Wait, what is that? Did I hear privacy advocates grumbling?