Facebook is Always Watching You

Sterling Crispin’s “Data Masks”

#Data

Tue, Nov 25th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you've ever wondered what you look like to Facebook, Sterling Crispin's Data Masks is a chilling reminder of how face-recognition software portrays us.

Crispin gathers face patterns from data sets like Labeled Faces in the Wild, then “evolves” a two-dimensional image from the composite, finally rendering it in 3-D — much like Facebook. He stops the iterative process before the algorithm has created a perfect face, resulting in the strange mutations of his images. The image, he says, might have “somebody’s eyebrow, somebody else’s chin.”

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