There's a special feeling of dread you get when you get the email or push notification on your cellphone that someone has tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Why is it that it's more often than not a terrible photo of you, and all you want to do is respond and say, "That's not me! It's my ugly twin!"?
Or you know, maybe it's a picture of you out doing shots off the bar the night before you called in "sick" to work, and then your boss sees it. Whoops. Anyway, Facebook may be about to take stalking to a whole new level thanks to a program called DeepFace, and yes, it's as creepy as it sounds.
Facebook already owns the world's largest photo library, and now thanks to some ominous artificial intelligence, it will be able to recognize human faces with alarming accuracy. And since Facebook doesn't really seem to give a hoot about your privacy, there's really nothing to stop them from auto-tagging photos other people post of you.
Ugh, I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.
Right now it's still in the research and development phase, so it's not going to affect Facebook's billion-plus users, but don't be fooled that CEO Mark Zuckerberg won't use every tool at his disposal to analyze users to create an optimal experience figure out how to make more money.
Rumor is that Zuckerberg wants to move even further than facial recognition when it comes to cyber stalking your accounts. Apparently he's told investors in the past that he would like to use AI to analyze the "text of status updates and comments to decipher mood and context."
Too far, Facebook. Too far.
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