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Facebook new program "deepface"
Facebook new program "deepface"
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It's like taking a scene right out of a movie

Facebook seems to be in the spotlight a lot these days. First “Transparency Reports”, “a call to the president” and now this” “the ability to find you in a photo you didn’t even upload”.

It seems Facebook users may be getting more than what they bargained for when it comes to privacy issues. However, at this point “DeepFace”, Facebook’s newest program will not yet affect its 1.23 billion users.This information was first released by MIT Technology Review, within the last 48 hours.

You’re probably wonder just what all this means. Well, a good example is you decided to vacation with some friends, maybe co-workers. A few photos are taken and one of your friends posts it to Facebook.

Mind you, they never tagged you in the photo it was merely something they want to show of themselves. This program of Facebook’s, “DeepFace” can pick you out of the photo with 97.25 percent accuracy.

Facebook released a research paper on the project last week, and the researchers will be presenting the work at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June of 2014.

“We are publishing our results to get feedback from the research community,” says Taigman, who developed DeepFace along with Facebook colleagues Ming Yang and Marc’Aurelio Ranzato and Tel Aviv University professor Lior Wolf.”

Deep Learning is a sub-field within AI (artificial intelligence) that focuses on training computers to make sense of irregular data, such as writing, photographs and films. Therefore, while Facebook is playing around with turning its user’s information into an “FBI computer wanted search” it brings up the “privacy issue” once again. In fact, European Governments have already forced Facebook to delete all of its facial recognition data there.

Do you believe Facebook has crossed the line?

On the other hand, is there more to this story than meets the eye? We already know the government already has their hands on user’s accounts, is this one of the things Facebook isn’t telling people yet? Is the government using Facebook to seek out people by facial verification?