#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 3rd, 2013 22:38
#2 By: Matthew Walsh, October 3rd, 2013 23:53
Straight out of a William Gibson book.
#3 By: Tristan Eldritch , October 4th, 2013 00:09
I was thinking of A Scanner Darkly.
#4 By: jake0748, October 4th, 2013 01:07
So. Four Michael Jacksons and one Barack Obama are walking down the street... Love it.
#5 By: xzzy, October 4th, 2013 01:31
That's a really tough call.. having to spend a day wearing clothes with Michael Jackson on them, or allow facebook algorithms to identify me.
Not sure which is worse!
#6 By: The Turtle, October 4th, 2013 02:46
I take a lot of pictures of food. Some of the auto-tag misidentifications are pretty hilarious.
#7 By: Professor Dumb, October 4th, 2013 02:59
The ugly T-shirt is deep. Deep and bad to know...
#8 By: mr_teatime, October 4th, 2013 05:53
That explains why in my news-feed facebook keeps suggesting friends to tag in friends' photos. Apart from the sex all the suggestions have been dead wrong, like not even the right hair colour wrong.
#9 By: Michael Smith, October 4th, 2013 06:48
I am sure it will be possible soon to build flexible video monitors into garments. So you could write software which continuously cycles between images of different faces, possibly just the faces of passing people. At a high frame rate it would look like a blur to any human eye, but cameras will catch the images and try to interpret them.
#10 By: James Race, October 4th, 2013 07:42
THAT explains why my friends have been calling me "cabbage head".
#11 By: Paul Sampson, October 4th, 2013 08:08
... depends on how baggy the shirt is on the wearer: the tighter the
better for giving Facebook’s software something ...
Oh, great. Yet more clothes for the already gorgeous. What about those of us who don't want to emphasise our eccentric bumpinesses with figure emphasising clothing?
#12 By: Juan Rudametkin, October 4th, 2013 08:09
One of these with other characters cannot be far off the horizon, I propose one with Lemmy Motorhead, Karl Pilkington and Jimmy Swaggart.
#13 By: Suzanne, October 4th, 2013 08:50
Four Michael Jacksons and Barack Obama walk into a bar...there's a joke in there somewhere.
#14 By: Sébastien, October 4th, 2013 08:53
I like that it detected the ratatouille soup of Michael Jackson's fugly face parts on the bottom left, but not the one on the left sleeve.
#15 By: brainflakes, October 4th, 2013 08:57
I don't see how this would stop it from still picking your face up, unless there's a limit to the number of faces it detects in a single image?
#16 By: McGreens, October 4th, 2013 09:25
#17 By: IMB, October 4th, 2013 10:19
Wouldn't it be safer to have multiple photos of James Clapper? There's probably some kind of Facebook exemption for tagging him. How about multiple pix of Snowden, so he can be identified simultaneously everywhere and nowhere?
#18 By: WearySky, October 4th, 2013 17:07
I'll offer this quote from the original article, which addresses both of these comments:
Inspired in part by the “ugly t-shirt,” a garment dreamed up by William Gibson that would provide invisibility to CCTV surveillance, Niquille thinks of her shirts as “facial recognition dazzle,” referring to a unique brand of camouflage employed by ships in World War I. Pioneered by artist Norman Wilksinson, dazzle camouflage involved covering warships in conflicting geometric patterns to throw off an enemy combatant’s ability to gauge their speed, range, size and heading. “The shirts attempt a similar strategy. They won’t keep your face from being recognized, but they will offer distraction,”
So yes, inspired directly by Gibson's shirt, and it's not so much about stopping you from being recognized, but it also means that you're being tagged in a picture with 4 Michael Jacksons and 3 Barack Obamas, which might be an interesting way to skew the data collection (an automated algorithm might ignore the photo because it has other obvious junk data in it).
#19 By: bryan, October 4th, 2013 17:16
Not even gonna ask about the grilled cheese sandwich.
#20 By: Steven_Patz, October 4th, 2013 21:14
And who says we've moved away from Capitalism! 65 bucks! Just so your name isn't on a photo.
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