background preloader Facial Recognition Facial Recognition's API now returns an age estimation for faces it detects in photos - seen here with some recognizable examples. Looking at someone’s face can tell you a lot about who they are. Running a picture through‘s systems let’s you turn those instincts into cold hard data. The Israel-based company has made a name for itself over the past few years by providing some of the best facial recognition technology available on the web. To date, developers all over the world have used their API to find nearly 41 billion faces! Instead of trying to understand what makes someone look a certain age, simply let their program figure it out on its own. does a pretty good estimation for this pic of Brad Pitt. In the end, though, the only really important thing to ask about’s Age Detection, is “does it work.” The near term applications for the update show how useful it might be. What seems certain is that we will see much more of in the future.

VentureBeat: How to fool facial recognition technology? The day when you’ll be able to hold up your phone and identify a stranger through a viewfinder is getting closer. Google’s Goggles, a mobile app for visual search, has a facial recognition version unreleased to the public, while Israeli startup’s technology can tag people’s faces in Facebook photos. Facebook even released a basic version of face detection last night, although it doesn’t have recognition. So in a world where technology chips away at our ability to remain anonymous, how does one reclaim some semblance of control? It turns out there’s actually a pretty simple way around the facial recognition technology available in the market today, according to Adam Harvey, a graduate student at NYU’s ITP (the same program that produced Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley and that Twitter’s location guru Raffi Krikorian taught at). “It breaks apart the gestalt of the face,” he said. Harvey says there a couple of projects that could stem from idea.

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