China Embraces Futuristic Facial Recognition Technology, Allowing People to Interact With More Machines and the Like

In the past, before social network revolution, people in the United States did treasure privacy more than now.  Since the Internet’s social network revolution, privacy is being demoting slowly, but many people are still treasuring privacy.  A lot people though, they rather upload just about anything including their most vivid framed candid moments onto their social networks.  Most social networks have ways to allow members to set limitation to prevent strangers from viewing certain private pictures and contents, but many people who use such social networks may not even restrict strangers from viewing their closely guarded pictures and contents.  So, privacy is slowly becoming an outdated concept as social network revolution continues to evolve.

In China, Chinese people view the government and the ruling party as the father figures of the family, and so they do not care much when the government and the ruling party inquire about their daily lives.  Nonetheless, since I’ve never been to China, and so I don’t know the level of the intrusiveness of the Chinese system.  Nonetheless, I surmise that the people in China would care less about their privacy than the people in the West.  So, it’s not a surprise for me to see that the Chinese people are embracing technologies that enhance data collection of individuals.  For an example, in the video right after the break, Chinese people are embracing facial recognition technology to the point that people can just take money out of their bank account through ATM machine by using just their face.

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A Facial Recognition Software Can Scan A Photo Of Yours And Reveal Your Most Sensitive Information

PCMag has a piece on a newly developed application which can reveal people’s personal and sensitive data such as a social security number by tapping into facial recognition technology.  According to PCMag, researchers at Carnegie Mellon confidently suggest that they can do this to a total stranger.  Perhaps, someday people who have access to this very application can just take a photo of a passerby and get to know such person intimately in term of identity.

What about people who just go onto Facebook and other social network websites and download strangers’ photos so they can use this facial recognition application to steal people’s identities?  Maybe even a simple photo of your face on the web can totally give up your identity to whoever has access to this very application.

Should people be very careful from now on of how they should post what on the Internet, especially their sensitive information which has now included photos of themselves?  So, a person should not think that they’re anonymous if they post fake profiles, because as long they have real photos of themselves on the web, their identities can be exposed to strangers?  I can go on, but I’m just going to scare everyone!!!  So, check out the source article “Social Security Numbers Revealed … With Facial-Recognition Software?” at PCMag to know more about this scary facial recognition application.

Source:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389540,00.asp