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Spooking of neural nets and image recognition...

> Speaking of neural nets and image recognition, my former employers
> landed a contract with "various law enforcement agencies" although
> the project manager I spoke to said primarily the FBI and CIA - to
> develop neural network hardware and software to do face recognition,
> to be used to identify criminals at the airports.
> Indeed, I recall being photographed twice when I hired on - normal
> lighting for my regular id, and low lighting.  At the time, I
> wondered why but didn't think anything of it.  The project manager
> said they were amassing a database of pictures to use as training
> sets.

I think you mean "Spooking of neural nets and image recognition..."

This technology is supposedly being deployed at Customs offices and
especially at airports.

Long hair may come back, as I hear that the _ear_ is one of the main
identifying points...ears are fairly characteristic of individuals
(not as much as fingerprints, but enough for a rough sort) and
edge-tracing algorithms can be run quickly. So, keep those ears

Of course, only criminals fear such security monitoring. Remember, the
policement is your _friend_.

-Tim May