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I See You: Facebook Can Recognize Faces Even If You?re Not Looking

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Have you ever wondered how Facebook can identify some of your ?friends? in a recently uploaded photo, and suggests that you tag them in a post? Apparently, Facebook just got better with it, and can now identify people even if they are not facing directly at the camera.

A new, experimental face recognition algorithm that was developed in Facebook?s artificial intelligence lab, has been scoring almost 80% accuracy of identifying users even if their face is completely obscured, or not facing the camera directly.

This new feature was presented during the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference held this month in Boston, Massachusetts.

Using other identifiers such as hair color and style, body shape, clothes, and even poses, the new algorithm was discovered to easily identify people in Facebook photos. For example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be identified in photos via his signature grey T-shirt, even in photos where his face is not directly facing the camera.

During the conference, it was shared that Facebook?s research team used almost 40,000 public photos from Flickr, some with individuals whose faces were obscured ? and used them to run the algorithm. The results were definitely impressive, with 83 percent of the time, the recognition was correct.

This feature, although still in its early experimental stage, might be used for Facebook features like Moments, where the social media site can ?source? photos of you from your friends? own account even if you were not tagged in a specific photo.

?Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn?t take. Moments groups the photos on your phone based on when they were taken and, using facial recognition technology, which friends are in them. You can then privately sync those photos quickly and easily with specific friends, and they can choose to sync their photos with you as well,? says Will Ruben, Facebook product manager.

The feature can also be used to protect individuals whose photos are being used without their permission. On the other hand, this feature might also put in jeopardy, one?s privacy as people now have access of photos you took with them in it.

There are still no announcements that Facebook is using this algorithm anytime soon.

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