Facial recognition systems will be overpowered by the distinct design on clothing created by the Hyperface project.
For those of you who are not too keen on excessive government initiatives to protect citizens from identity theft, an alternative is at hand. Artist Adam Harvey is the pioneer of innovative new technology cantered around clothing!
The popularity of facial recognition software is on the increase as corporate giants such as Amazon and Facebook are now assimilating it onto their websites.
Despite the associated benefits of facial recognition software, there is mounting concern surrounding privacy issues. A report chronicled in the Guardian claims that the Hyperface project will be creating clothes with distinctive designs to combat facial recognition systems.
The project is going to involve printing human facial features onto clothes so that recognition software will think it is a real human face.
Harvey claims that
“The project will allow people to change their appearance through camouflaging themselves. It will also allow you to change the things that are surrounding you which will change the confidence score of the computers vision.
He goes on to state that “Users can wear the clothes as well as use them to cover a certain area. It can be used to transform everything in your environment.”
Harvey collected a sample of 47 contrasting data points capable of recognising facial images. These data points include attributes such as whether a person is calm or kind, and information such as gender and age as well as criminal tendencies such as a paedophile, or a white collar criminal.
According to Harvey, several researchers are delving into collecting such information and using it for marketing purposes. He is not in agreement with this new technology and states: “Certain sectors of society are being criminalised, but the real criminals are not the people they are trying to target but the creators of this software themselves.”
Harvey intends on breaking the boundaries of futuristic technology, he hopes that within 100 years his technology will have advanced to such an extent that we will be able to capitalise on our own personal privacy.