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Reason for Cool Monkey Faces? Safe Breeding

Guenons' distinctive features help prevent interbreeding, say researchers

(Newser) - Guenon monkeys are renowned for their colorful, distinctive faces, which vary from species to species. The reason? It's all part of a strategy to help the monkeys identify their own species and avoid crossbreeding with others, new research finds. Guenon monkeys, sometimes known as cheek pouch monkeys, are a... More »

For $5K, Match.com Will Find Lookalikes of Your Ex

New facial-recognition service costs a pretty penny

(Newser) - Match.com is rolling out a pricey new service that's causing some double-takes: It promises to match up clients with people who look like their exes. The premise is pretty simple: People send in photos of their former loves, and facial-recognition software then scans the possible matches available to... More »

NSA Grabs 'Millions of Images Per Day' Online

New Snowden documents reveal facial-recognition efforts

(Newser) - Move over, metadata and voice-call collection : The NSA is also harvesting images and trying to identify them with facial-recognition software, the New York Times reports. According to 2011 agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA grabs "millions of images per day"—about 55,000 of which are... More »

How We Recognize: By Body Shape

Study: We don't rely on faces to pick out far-off friends

(Newser) - We hear plenty about facial recognition technology, whether on Facebook or at the FBI—but it turns out we humans are pretty good at spotting individuals based on their bodies, too. That may be why we can pick out a friend in a distant crowd, Popular Science reports. In a... More »

Ohio Secretly Using Facial Recognition Technology

...which your state probably uses, too

(Newser) - Ohio has been using new facial-recognition technology to aid in law enforcement for nearly three months—without mentioning it to residents, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. State Attorney General Mike DeWine says he didn't believe a public announcement was necessary, given that 26 states already use similar systems, he tells... More »

Google Bars Facial Recognition Apps for Glass

At least for now, on privacy concerns

(Newser) - Google doesn't want users of Google Glass to be able to get the lowdown on people they encounter, at least for the time being. In a blog post last night, the company said it would not allow facial recognition apps for the device, reports Mashable . "As Google has... More »

Forensic Science Could ID Mystery Portraits

California professor aims to unveil 'The Girl With the Pearl Earring'

(Newser) - A California professor is bringing CSI techniques to the art world: Conrad Rudolph of UC Riverside has obtained funding to apply advanced facial recognition technology to famous paintings like Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Guardian reports. Such mystery portraits could finally be identified—if, that is, measurements... More »

Google's Photo ID Feature Calms Privacy Fears

Security experts applaud opt-in requirement

(Newser) - Google has quietly launched a facial recognition service for Google+, but unlike Facebook's more intrusive photo ID feature , Google is earning praise from privacy experts for keeping Find My Face an opt-in feature, reports eWeek . Like Facebook's Tag Suggestions, which launched about a year ago, Find My Face... More »

Face-Recognition Software Used in Hunt for UK Looters

Police using Scotland Yard's high-tech software

(Newser) - Facial-recognition technology being considered for London's 2012 Games is getting a workout in the wake of Britain's riots , with officers feeding photographs of suspects through Scotland Yard's newly updated face-matching program. A law enforcement official told the AP that to use the technology "you have to... More »

Researchers Use Facebook to Identify Passersby

Facial-recognition software makes it a breeze

(Newser) - Online privacy concerns are migrating to the real world. A researcher at Carnegie Mellon was able to identify 31% of students passing by with the help of facial recognition software, reports Mashable . First he collected 25,000 photos from Facebook profiles. Then he asked passersby to pose for a quick... More »

New Russian ATMs Can Spot Liars

System will eliminate need to interact with a person to get a credit card

(Newser) - Russia’s state-owned Sberbank is about to roll out ATMs with such ridiculously strong security features that customers will be able to get a new credit card without actually speaking to a human. The machines will have the ability to read fingerprints, scan passports, and take 3D images of a... More »

Look Out: Facial Recognition Goes Global on Facebook

You'll have to opt out if you don't want photos of you tagged

(Newser) - Facebook has expanded its photo tagging system to users worldwide, reports Sophos , and the security firm's Graham Cluley sees it as more evidence that the company "is eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth." Facebook doesn't automatically tag photos of you with its facial... More »

Google: Facial Recognition Too Creepy for Us

Turns out there is a privacy bridge Eric Schmidt won't cross

(Newser) - Google may know a lot about you, but it doesn’t want to know what you look like. At Google’s “Big Tent” conference, executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the rapid-fire growth of surprisingly accurate facial recognition technology “very concerning,” and indicated that making a face database... More »

Google App Would ID Faces, Dish Out Personal Info

Search giant being 'extra careful' amid privacy concerns

(Newser) - Imagine this: You're sitting in a cafe. Someone snaps a photo of you on their cell. An app matches your face with your name. Said photographer suddenly knows who you are ... and maybe even your phone number and email. Google is reportedly developing just such a a facial-recognition mobile app,... More »

Ears: The New Fingerprints?

Computer ear recognition eerily accurate

(Newser) - If you’re looking to identify someone, forget taking his fingerprints—try pointing a computer’s camera at his ear. A group of researchers have created an algorithm that can identify a person based on the shape of his ear with 99.6% accuracy, Wired reports. They think ear recognition... More »

Computers Diagnose Autism From Scans

Program like facial recognition software recognizes signs of disorder

(Newser) - Scientists have taught a computer to recognize autism from a brain scan, and believe that from now on they could use a scan to diagnose the disorder with 90% accuracy. A London-based team of researchers ran MRI scans from 20 known autism sufferers and 20 normal brains through a program... More »

Brain Looks Beyond Eyes to Recognize Faces: Scientists

New research shows that eyebrows, noses are key to distinguishing people

(Newser) - Want to make yourself hard to recognize? Get a nose job and shave your eyebrows, say facial-recognition experts, who have yet to fully understand—or agree upon—how we “see” or “read” faces. Psychologists and neuroscientists, fueled by the need to quickly and correctly identify people in the... More »

Tech Tools Gauge Politicians' Spin

Technology analyzes speech, voice and facial expressions to help researchers read politicians' lips

(Newser) - Want to know if John McCain and Barack Obama are stretching the truth? Speech, voice, and facial recognition technology is helping researchers determine just that, New Scientist reports. Analyzing words from 150 speeches from the presidential election, one researcher found that Obama used much higher “levels of spin” than... More »

US Firms Complicit as China Fortifies Police State

'Bush would do what they are doing here in a heartbeat if he could,' expert says

(Newser) - Free Tibet protests 3 months ago allowed China to road-test a new security network before the summer Olympics, Naomi Klein writes in Rolling Stone. Under the so-called “Golden Shield,” China is now installing closed-circuit cameras nationwide linked to facial recognition and other biometric software—technology from big-name US... More »

Machines Join Japanese Anti-Smoking Effort

Face-scanning system could help ensure buyers are of age

(Newser) - New face-scanning software may help Japanese vending machines decide who can buy cigarettes and who can't, Reuters reports. The system would look for wrinkles and saggy skin to identify customers over the legal smoking age of 20. As of July, vendors are on the hook for checking ID, and the... More »

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