Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ is darkly interesting

By: June 23, 2014
Noelle O'Reilly, CEO of the Dublin Tech Summit

Depending on what side of the personal ‘privacy’ fence you sit on, facial recognition technology can be deemed ‘creepy’ or simply a necessary evolution of surveillance technology.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, acquired Face.com a couple of years ago, and the results of that acquisition are now bearing some interesting fruits.

‘Deepface’, a software developed by Facebook researchers, can now detect an individual person in different photos, regardless of the lighting, the person’s hairstyle, makeup, and even the date the photo was taken. It has a 97.25% accuracy rate. The human mind, generally, has a 97.53% accuracy rate.

What this means, in simple terms, is that ‘Deepface’ is now nearly as accurate as the human mind in terms of facial recognition. It’s a smart robot.

How ‘Deepface’ will be used in the future is a matter of contention, but it exists and the simple fact is, if your photos are on any social networks, particularly Facebook – you may soon have “no place to hide”.

Here’s a deeper, techy article on ‘Deepface’ – called DeepFace: Closing the Gap to Human-Level Performance in Face Verification.