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The software is called "DeepFace"

Facebook has created a piece of software that can tell whether two faces match with near-human accuracy. According to MIT Technology Review, the new Facebook software is called DeepFace, and it utilizes deep learning for facial verification.

Deep learning is a new branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that uses networks of simulated neurons to recognize patterns in large quantities of data. And facial verification is different from facial recognition, because it recognizes that two images reveal the same face where the latter puts a name to a face. 

What's more is that DeepFace can accomplish facial verification whether the person is facing forward or not. This is how it works: DeepFace uses a 3-D model of an “average” forward-looking face to adjust the angle of the face it's attempting to verify. This makes the face forward-looking. Then the simulated neural network configures a numerical description of the reoriented face, and if DeepFace finds descriptions from two different images that nearly match, it concludes they must be the same face.


DeepFace [SOURCE: MIT Technology Review]

In testing, the researchers put DeepFace up against a standard data set used to benchmark face-processing software.

When asked if two photos of faces are that of the same person, a human will answer correctly 97.53 percent of the time. DeepFace managed to get it right 97.25 percent of the time with the same challenges. 

The report added that changes in lighting will not affect DeepFace's accuracy. 

Facebook was able to make such a leap in AI because of its enormous database of photos. It was able to train DeepFace to recognize patterns with its copious amount of photos to choose from, where people are presented in many different poses in various environments within the photos. This made DeepFace more accurate over time.

DeepFace was made by Yaniv Taigman and other members of Facebook’s AI team. They will present their work at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June 2014. 

Source: MIT Technology Review



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Person of Interest
By superPC on 3/18/2014 5:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if any of you watches that show. But after reading news like this ( and this http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/nsa-collecting-... ), the more I see that the technology behind the machine exist. I think NSA has access to a machine similar to the one portray in that show.




RE: Person of Interest
By HostileEffect on 3/18/2014 6:33:41 PM , Rating: 4
Its creepy when you think your laptop has a mic, web cam, and finger print reader all in one. I often feel like a criminal in my own country being enrolled in secret databases and tracked like a piece of equipment or a farm animal.

Someone takes a picture of me and puts it on their stupid face book crap and the gears of big data start turning, who else is in the photo, where was it taken, what are the social networks, etc, etc. Even though I never gave anyone permission to do any of this.

Sad and pathetic world we live in.


RE: Person of Interest
By mik123 on 3/18/2014 6:56:26 PM , Rating: 5
"Sad and pathetic world we live in."

Compared to what? The world we live in is better than it has ever been.


RE: Person of Interest
By TSS on 3/19/2014 1:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
I would call a world without a future (or atleast a very bad one) the worst possible world to live in. Atleast in the past we had the prospect of the world becoming a better place.

The only reason why people still think so is because of mass delusion, very much akin to what the nazi's had going on. Just because the jews aren't being targeted (for once) doesn't mean it's not going on.

Just look at the US financial sector and then ask yourself why people still think the US is a rich country. Or the southern europian nations, where the only thing has changed in the past 4 years is that they're even deeper into debt. Or japan, Who we all seem to think is running just fine with a 200%+ debt-to-gdp ratio. Or China, who created even more credit then the fed and the bank of japan combined in the past 5 years (I'd watch this one because it's unwinding as we speak, copper prices have crashed and some chinese companies have already defaulted).

Look at everything that has happened in the financial world in the past 5 years, and you'll see, mass delusion is the only thing keeping the economy of the world going right now. When that ends, it will end very.... very badly.


RE: Person of Interest
By bsd228 on 3/19/2014 3:55:31 PM , Rating: 3
You must be a hit at parties.


RE: Person of Interest
By BRB29 on 3/19/2014 7:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
there is a user agreement when you signed up. I'm sure you read it instead of just hitting "I agree"


Please
By spamreader1 on 3/18/2014 4:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
CSI has had this for years. ;)




RE: Please
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/18/2014 5:02:06 PM , Rating: 3
"Enhance"


RE: Please
By delphinus100 on 3/18/2014 7:17:31 PM , Rating: 2
"But you? I never forget a face...!"


RE: Please
By someguy123 on 3/18/2014 9:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
In a few years we'll actually be able to pan, zoom, enhance, spin, flip and then create a 3D model of someone else using an enhanced eye reflection. Then we'll realize that TV shows were actually ahead of the curve.


RE: Please
By BRB29 on 3/19/2014 7:38:18 AM , Rating: 2
TV shows, especially science fictions, gets their "ideas" from real ideas and theories.


Facial Search engine
By Ammohunt on 3/18/2014 6:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
How far off are we from a facial search engine that could be used to search for a face captured from a still image on TV? The privacy implications of this are huge.




RE: Facial Search engine
By jackpro on 3/19/2014 3:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
google images can do a fairly quick search too of a face - http://lifehacker.com/5076364/google-images-photo-...


RE: Facial Search engine
By marvdmartian on 3/19/2014 7:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
You can also do a similar photo search using Tineye.com. While you don't get the person identified directly (like you can, but don't always) with Google photo search, sometimes the linked images will have it in their url.

Both are handy tools, when you see a photo of someone, and think, "Who's THAT??"


RE: Facial Search engine
By Ammohunt on 3/20/2014 6:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if we should have rights to our image and likeness like Hollywood movie stars do? Time to get a ninja mask i guess


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