Nov 14 14 6:37 PM

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Google just takes Giant Step towards 'outing' dancers and camgirls

In past threads discussing the creation of 'paper trails' that could potentially allow future employers ( and state professional licensing agencies ) to discover that a future job ( or license ) applicant has a history of work in the 'adult' industry, the possible risk of the future widespread use of facial recognition technology was raised. Unlike 'paper trails' which stem from 1099 tax documents, dancer's licenses etc., facial recognition technology could potentially link the facial features from a future job applicant's photo with existing promo images on strip club websites, webcam host sites, etc. as well as uploaded / pirated images on tube sites, upload sites, social media sites etc.

Well the 'future' just became the 'present' ... from http://www.eonline.com/news/507361/j...looking-at-you

(snip)"Just When You Thought Google Glass Couldn't Get Creepier: New App Allows Strangers to ID You Just by Looking at You

Have you ever seen someone wearing Google Glass out at the bar? Like a real person at a real bar actually wearing Google Glass? If so, you know how absolutely ridiculous they look. Which may be the only factor we have that will stop this:

A new app will allow total strangers to ID you and pull up all your information, just by looking at you and scanning your face with their Google Glass. The app is called NameTag and it sounds CREEPY.

The "real-time facial recognition" software "can detect a face using the Google Glass camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records, and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles."

The information listed could include your name, occupation, any social media profiles you have set up and whether or not you have a criminal record ("CRIMINAL HISTORY FOUND" pops up in bright red letters according to the demo).

And NameTag may have already added you to their database.

Two million entries have already been uploaded to FacialNetwork.com. Once the app officially goes live, you can sign up for NameTag and opt-out, instead of the alternative: Having to opt-in to allow them to show your information.

How is that OK?

"It's not about invading anyone's privacy," one NameTag's creators claimed (via Independent). "It's about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is seen in social situations. NameTag can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town."

It may not be about invading anyone's privacy, but that sounds like what it does. And forcing people to opt-out if they want to maintain their privacy is wrong (we would go so far as to say it should be illegal). But the purported benefits of the app are almost even worse:

They continue, "It's much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile. Often we were interacting with people blindly or not interacting at all. NameTag on Google Glass can change all that."


It's enough to make you root for that app that lets you film Google Glass porn. If you had to pick one. Luckily, Google has banned facial-recognition software from the Glass—for now.

Re: Google just takes Giant Step towards 'outing' dancers and camgirls

^^^ even if Google is currently banning the 'general' use of facial recognition software on Google Glass, the other points are still very disturbing

- a massive searchable private database of 'faces' is already being assembled ( on top of the gov't databases of 'faces' which already exist )

- the facial recognition software already exists in the private sector, is 'affordable', and apparently works very well

- either of these can undoubtedly be utilized on different 'platforms' besides Google Glass

This seriously makes me sick, it won't end well for us.
Agreed ! Prospective future 'straight job' employers will certainly find 'affordable' facial recognition software as a less expensive alternative to background check services ... or those background check services will incorporate facial recognition + database search capability as a future offering.

I would be particularly concerned for girls who are presently investing several years and tens of thousands of dollars to obtain college degrees, based on the assumption that their 'adult' industry work background won't limit their 'straight job' opportunities once they graduate a few years from now !!!

In a more general sense, even at a 'social' level, the idea that new 'acquaintances' may soon have the ability to simply 'look' at a girl, and within seconds turn up info that she is / was a 'stripper', that her credit rating sucks, etc. is likely to lead to pre-emptive defensive reactions or 'mercenary' assumptions based on the Hollywood 'stripper' stereotype. 21st century version of 'the Scarlet Letter' ???

On the flip side, the idea that 'pervs' and/or adamant 'regulars' or even tax agents could quickly turn up the real name and real address of every dancer in a club is equally 'scary'. I can easily envision states that allow 'bounty hunter' private sector tax agents actively encouraging a high-tech equipped 'bounty hunter' to check out every dancer in every strip club in the state, and then doing a state tax return cross-check based on the dancer 'identities' provided !!! The tax 'bounty hunter' scenario is the scariest of all, since they would have access to the database of state DMV driver's license photos for match-ups etc.

I'm glad I photograph very different than I look IRL
You may not 'look' any different to the facial recognition algorithm. Supposedly, it utilizes biometric data like relative eye position, shape, and size, the position of 'corner' points on the nose and mouth, outline points of the chin, distances between the eyes, nose and chin etc. for match-ups. Hair color or length, glasses, contact lenses, makeup etc. apparently make no difference whatsoever. Supposedly, the only way to 'escape' biometric match-up is major plastic surgery.

Re: Google just takes Giant Step towards 'outing' dancers and camgirls

Also, it's not just Google Glass anymore ... from http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...lp-stop-crime/

(snip)"Bay Area Researcher Developing Facial Recognition Glasses To Help Stop Crime

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – By now, you have probably heard about the Google Glass wearable computer. Soon, a Mountain View startup will begin selling 3-D eyewear with technology so sophisticated, it could help crime fighters stop crime before it happens.

It’s not a new concept. The 2002 Hollywood film “Minority Report” gave us a look into the future when actor Tom Cruise catches and arrests a criminal before he commits the crime.

Allen Yang is a University of California at Berkeley researcher and founder of Atheer, the startup developing the glasses.

The 3-D glasses are a wearable computer where users are wirelessly immersed in their own computer through virtual images.

“…And it’s streaming live from the internet to your glasses,” said Theo Goguely, senior product manager at Atheer.

The glasses will ultimately be used by business for work or for regular users for entertainment.(snip)

(snip)" Current facial recognition programs were limited in identifying the low resolution images of the suspects from surveillance cameras.

But Yang said Atheer has developed a better mousetrap. Even if 60 percent of the image is corrupted, Yang said his company’s technology can convert it to an identifiable image.

Yang said the [ crowd scanning - sic ] program will be available within two or three years and could help police identify known suspects before they commit another crime.

“In the optimal scenario, they can actually get an alert when they’re patrolling on the streets and they can prevent something from happening before even the event happens,” said Yang.

In addition, the [ crowd scanning -sic ] program can be used on surveillance cameras on bridges, roads or buildings to help find missing or kidnapped people.

The 3-D glasses will available next month. The cost: $350 for a model that connects to smart phones and $850 for the standalone version."(snip)

and from http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57...ented-reality/

(snip)"The Atheer Developer Kit is scheduled to ship Q1 2014. The Atheer One (right) will ship in Q4 2014, said Soulaiman Itani, company founder and CEO. The company has been granted several patents for its technology, covering vision optimization and face recognition algorithms.

The developer hardware consists of glasses, weighing 75 grams, and a pocket-sized computer to power the apps. The glasses have twin high-definition, 1024x768-pixel displays, and a 36-degree field of view (equivalent to a 15-inch tablet at half arm's length). The Atheer Development Kit will cost $850 and be available in the first quarter of 2014.

"Our number one target is commercial applications, and we are also looking for verticals like sports and gaming," said Soulaiman Itani, Atheer Labs founder and CEO.

At the end of 2014, the company expects to ship the Atheer One to consumers craving to be at the frontier of virtual, wearable computing. Unlike the Development Kit, the Atheer One will be tethered to an Android phone, and have the capability to run the nearly one billion Android apps without modification"(snip)

also from http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/05...for-it-or-not/

(snip)"The Lambda Labs facial recognition API [ Android App - sic ] has been in operation since last year, and is currently used by about 1,000 developers. This new technology would allow third-party Glass devs to build apps that utilize Lambda Labs' system to remember and recognize faces, but not in real time. The Google Mirror API doesn't currently allow for live streaming camera data to a remote developer's server. Users would have to snap a photo, send it to the facial recognition app, then wait for the results to come back. This would result in a few seconds of delay (snip)

... thus we appear to be talking about months, not years, away ... and at a cost that every business and a lot of individual 'consumers' can easily afford !!!


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