Face Print



Of all choices in my life that I like to make I realize there may be either a good result or a bad result. If I drink a few shots of Whiskey and a couple of glasses of wine, I will most likely wake the following morning with a half-pace inducing headache. Where as, if I exercise and eat organic foods I will most likely feel more relaxed and calm throughout the day. Over a span of 30 years or so, these results are what become known to a person as the common results for doing certain actions. Every person goes through life experimenting with actions and their results. Experience so to speak.

At a young age failure and bad choice are something that I believe we all must experience to learn the results. It is somewhat of an entrepreneurial ideal for people to take risk to become a success, even with the possibilities of failure. That therefore dictates that a person may be excused for doing a bad thing if the results are either success or a decent punishment. For example a 5 year old stealing a candy bar and getting caught and fined by the store. Actions and their results will promote the idea in a child’s mind, to not make the same mistake twice.

At an older age, if a person gets caught doing a crime the police will take that person’s photo and fingerprint to identify them for the possibility of other crimes. They lose the right of anonymity by doing a bad deed. Simple enough.  For me as a person, that idea brings a feeling of comfort that a government controlled agency will make sure that the same crime will not be directed against me. I believe these sorts of ideals have structured a safe civilized society that we have become accustomed to. It all sounds perfectly logical to me.

So as we all know, social media sites and the sins we commit within them are a constant flurry of recent debate. After creating a post you have an option to delete the post, but the companies that collect the data do not have to legally dispose of the data after you delete it. Therefore whatever you may have written is 'for sale' to whomever bids high enough. These quick emotional blasts will quickly eliminate many possibilities in a person's future. Especially for high profile careers, where the organizations will be able to pay for and search within your profile all the way to the depth of deleted posts. Not only will this close job opportunity doors, but it could open the doors to authorities incarcerating a person. Even for typos. This is actually what happens on a daily basis. People rant about a girlfriend or boyfriend, say they wish she or he were dead and the police arrive at the persons doorstep. This is perfectly legal, because when we clicked the ‘I Agree’ tab when we made our accounts, we forgot to notice the phrase ‘Facebook can legally give away any information about the person to PREVENT crime or other acts’. Of course the sentence was buried in a bibles worth of legalities that people would certain skip through and ignore. Guess what that means? We just legally signed away our constitution written rights. You are legally not an American anymore (joke, for the sensitive at heart). Although this is actually what you have just done.

Anyways the word PREVENT is an interesting word to choose. Prevent has the intention of predicting possible motives. Using the word prevent gives the person who supposedly prevents an action the ability to foresee the future even though the action has never taken place. This grants quite a large portion of power to the decision of the someone's whims, as foreseeing the future is never a fact. Therefore the vagueness of predicting an action can now be considered a fact. Jail time has been served in multiple instances to people who left posts such as 'I could kill my ex girlfriend'. Realistically, how many people have verbally said things such as this? Everyone alive, I suppose.

The future and your face

At this point, I can imagine many people complaining, but I do not believe anyone will really stop using social media, which is fine. If a person makes an action they are due the results.

When we arrived at the era of photo sharing, geo locating and facial recognition, the situation became a little more complex. From this point location branded photo identity could be filed in drawer deeper and more convenient to access than any secret service file could ever be. The most interesting point in this scheme was that this information was all being given away willingly, by the social media user, without any resistance whatsoever. As if they were praying to the gods of communism to steal their souls, people were actually devoting up to eighty percent of their free time and energy to do this. Since then, this devotion of energy has been 100% consistent but the social media user base has substantially increased. As a photo is shared the person puts a tag which clearly states whom the said image is. Then this data is saved to a database which uses 4 different types of algorithms to identify whom the person is (see tab below). Currently the percentage of accuracy for facial recognition is very high, but as the database’s size grows and the technology advances, the accuracy of facial recognition will soon become near perfect. To a similar degree of the accuracy of a humans fingerprint.

All of this is perfectly fine, as every human has the right to sell their own soul by tagging their photos or however they see fit. The only complication of course comes for children (who cannot yet morally or logically decide) & for people who are unwillingly photographed or tagged (which is pretty much every person who walks in front of an active video camera). To clearly depict a possible outcome of this, imagine this possible situation. Parents post pictures of their offspring growing up and even go through the length of making their child a facebook profile. Many photos are uploaded and tagged of the child, to show the world. An identity profile and face print has been stored. So as most kids do throughout their life, the child becomes older and throws temper tantrums due to hormonal circumstances. Every teenager I have known via facebook has erupted in short bursts of angry nonsense on their walls. Actually to be honest, most adults do the same. So 20 years in the future these online comments and rants become collected in databases for Universities the now grown child may want to enter, for companies he may want to work for etc. The child is profiled for life and not chosen by people whom work for the institutions for having conflicting religious morals. Morals that were typed on social media by a totally unaware 5 year old. Blacklisted for childhood tantrums.

These kinds of blacklists are generally the greatests problem for the upcoming generations. There are many words that are blacklisted words for search algorithms. Different institutions with different religious morals have varying words that they blacklist. These blacklisted words can send out warnings to prevent a person from getting many things in life. Unbeknownst to the person that the word was on a list. Unbeknownst to the person that the word was printed on his face.

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  • Geometric - algorithms which look at distinguishing features. This method is very sensitive to lighting conditions, so in dark spaces with bad lighting, it cannot be used well.
  • Photometric - algorithms with a statistical approach that distills an image into values and compares the values with templates to eliminate variances. This is also very sensitive to lighting conditions.
  • Skin Texture Analysis - this technique turns the unique lines, patterns, and spots apparent in a person’s skin into a mathematical space. This can be combined to other algorhythims to increase the accuracy of facial recognition by 20-30%.
  • 3-Dimensional - this technique uses 3D sensors to capture information about the shape of a face. This information is then used to identify distinctive features on the surface of a face, such as the contour of the eye sockets, nose, and chin. It is the best recognition algorithm for poorly lit and shady places.

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