Facial recognition search coming soon!

December 19, 2006

Good article in the New Scientist today regarding the coming launch of Polar Rose, an image search service that works with facial recognition technology combined with user input.

The article discusses the implications for privacy to all of us. While this is a huge step in the right direction for search (making it more accurate and allowing user input) the article makes some very valid points.

It means we could all be tracked down through photo sites like Flickr and with users adding names and content to photos, it could make us all easily discoverable by the type of people we really don’t want to be able to discover us! I’m all in favour of new developments in search so it’s a difficult call as to whether this is taking it to a place where we really don’t want to be heading…

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