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Big Brother? Microsoft Unveils Technology To Recognize Faces In Video
NoCamels ^ | NoCamels

Posted on 03/21/2011 8:28:05 AM PDT by nocamels

You’ve probably all become familiar with face recognition software like Picasa, Windows Live Photo Gallery or even on Facebook.

Going one step further, on Sunday in Israel Microsoft unveiled OneVision, a technology that can track and identify anyone not just in photos, but in video.

Face recognition in video is an emerging technology that could have significant impact on user experience in fields such as television, gaming, and communication.

With OneVision, a television or an Xbox will be able to recognize people in your living room; your home videos could be annotated automatically and become searchable. TV viewers will also be able to get information about an actor, an athlete, or singer just by pointing to the person on the screen.

According to Innovation Labs, Microsoft’s R&D center in Israel, the technology “detects faces throughout the video and assigns a unique ID to all the sequences that feature the same person. Once tagged using a simple tagging tool, the face recognizer automatically identifies the tagged people at any point in the video, even if more than one person is in the frame, scenes have changed or people are not directly facing the camera.”

The algorithm used can identify faces on video, even if the face does not appear continuously to the camera as it notes other information such as background color, clothing etc.

The technology, along with several other new developments, was officially unvlealed the “Think Next” event Sunday, hosted by Microsoft in Herzliya, Israel.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: microsoft; newmedia; technology; video

1 posted on 03/21/2011 8:28:11 AM PDT by nocamels
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To: nocamels
Technology-Hell alert.

Won't be long before they can tell who's an enemy of the state by the look on his face, or feel of his fingers on the keypad, or the tone of his voice.

You will do obeisance to The Algorithm. (cue the evil laughter).

2 posted on 03/21/2011 8:43:59 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: nocamels

Picasa is a software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. It’s free, and easy to use.

I used their product for a couple of years. About a year ago they introduced a feature that organized pictures using face recognition.

I stopped using Picasa, I’ll organize my pictures my way.

3 posted on 03/21/2011 8:52:32 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: the invisib1e hand

What happens if Ursula Andrews, Linda Evans and Bo Derek walk through at the same time?

4 posted on 03/21/2011 9:07:55 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

The frigid jealous b!tch algo goes into effect and they castrate you.

5 posted on 03/21/2011 9:18:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: nocamels
Sorry Microsoft, You`re too late

It`s already been done

6 posted on 03/21/2011 9:31:17 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: nocamels

If the point of this Orwellian, all-too-intrusive software is to supposedly identify terrorists, it will fail miserably to penetrate ski masks and burkas. No, this software is aimed at peaceful, “enemies of the State”. Report to the train yards, Citizen. And remember, Arbeit Macht Frei.

7 posted on 03/21/2011 9:47:12 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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