China is building a facial recognition system capable of identifying any of its 1.3 billion citizens in a matter of seconds with 90% accuracy. The system is however having problems due to the large number of people and the technological limits of facial recognition. Still, once those hurdles are surpassed, what could go wrong?.
Some restaurants have even offered discounts to customers based on a machine that ranks their looks according to an algorithm. Customers with “beautiful” characteristics – such as symmetrical features – get better scores than those with noses that are “too big” or “too small” and those that get better scores will get cheaper meals.
Some public lavatories in Beijing also use facial recognition so that the automatic dispensing machines will deny toilet paper to people who ask for it more than once within a given period.
Facial recognition could supersede other personal identification methods that are used to make payments such as scanning fingerprints or QR codes on a mobile phone.
|And so it begins... Seton Hill University to give all students an iPad|
|Unpowered Exoskeleton Improves Human Walking Efficiency|
|US Navy to Deploy Laser Weapons on Its Ships|
|Marines want lots of robots they can throw|
|Turn Your Smartphone Into a Miniature 3D Printer|
|“What jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear?”|
|Gira Lab Universal Timer|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Boston Dynamics' Robot does Parkour|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Computer algorithms increasingly control and decide our future.”|
|“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.”|
|“Authoritarianism depends upon people getting used to hearing the things that they want to hear.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|