Remember, we live in a capitalist world. That means everyone is out to get your money. I ain’t wrong. Likewise, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have if everyone is out to get you. They are.
That leads me to facial recognition. No, not the Face ID kind. That’s good for humanity because Apple married higher convenience to higher security. No, the facial recognition that worries me is the kind that can look at your face and determine what kind of person you are; hero or villain, patsy or criminal-to-be.
This is a headline that caught my eye.
New app claims it can identify venture capitalists using facial recognition
This should not be difficult. Create a database of all the world’s venture capitalist, get a few photos of each, toss in some facial recognition algorithms that would match a photo to the database of VC photos and you’re good to go.
That’s exactly what Tosh Velaga did. There’s an app for that.
It’s called AngelFace, an Android app that lets users identify whether someone is a venture capitalist by capturing a quick photo of their face
You just hold your phone up to someone’s face for a second, tap a button and their profile will pop up
Simple enough, right? All you need is the database of venture capitalist photos.
Is this kind of AI and facial recognition even legal?
While cities like New York and San Diego continue to employ this technology in their efforts to police cities, San Francisco and Oakland banned it from being used by law enforcement this past year. Illinois has required affirmative user consent under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which limits the use of facial recognition and biometrics, since 2008.
It doesn’t matter. Facial recognition is here to stay and they more information about us that databases gather, the more included governments– and marketers– are to use it against us.
Let’s say police around the country get photos and profiles of everyone who drives their cars too fast, forgets to stop at stoplights, turns without signaling, and, well, you get the idea. All those photos and profiles can go into a database and AI and machine learning slice and dice the data in such a way that you could be charged with a crime that have not yet committed; but you will.
Pre-crime intervenes to punish, disrupt, incapacitate or restrict those deemed to embody future crime threats. The term pre-crime embodies a temporal paradox, suggesting both that a crime has not occurred and that the crime that has not occurred is a foregone conclusion.
You’re not guilty. Yet. But you’re going to be. The data does not lie.
PreCrime, a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs”
That’s the combo of facial recognition and profile databases taken to the nth degree. I don’t think this is an issue of it could happen. I think it will happen because it is happening now.