New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

Aug 11, 2015

Photo courtesy of Japan’s National Institute of Informatics

By Kelsey D. Atherton

Computers are really, really good at recognizing faces. Refined through work on millions of uploaded and tagged faces at sites like Facebook and elsewhere, algorithms that identify faces can place people in locations based just on a photograph. Sometimes that’s helpful, like figuring out who that obscured groomsmen is in the back of a wedding picture. For people who don’t want to be found, or just enjoy the previously unquestioned ability to travel without being tracked, facial recognition poses a risk. As a solution, Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NIII) created glasses that make faces unreadable to machines.

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8 comments on “New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

  • New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

    There will no doubt, be a market among the famous, who do not want to be pestered by the public and the media, among the criminals who do not want to be recognised, and among the fasionista posers, who would like people to think they might be famous!

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  • I was referring to the banning.

    Those wearing the glasses, like the hoodie, or like dark tinting on automobile windshields, are presumed guilty. (They’re only good for hiding one’s identity for some nefarious purpose. Why else would anyone wear/use them?)

    Yet another opportunity for bad actors to ruin things for the rest of us.

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  • Computer face recognition software has found a perfect match for me 100% of the time: Nobody.

    The glasses could be a boon to municipal coffers. Simply draft an ordnance against wearing them in public places in the interest of public safety. Since they reflect light they are easy to detect or otherwise identified by their “cracked surface” appearance, people caught wearing them could be issued a $240 fine (the purchase price) and have the glasses confiscated.

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