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2011-12-03 11:19:22

“Face recognition is an important social skill, but not all of us are equally good at it,” says Beijing Normal University cognitive psychologist Jia Liu. But what accounts for the difference? A new study by Liu and colleagues Ruosi Wang, Jingguang Li, Huizhen Fang, and Moqian Tian provides the first experimental evidence that the inequality of abilities is rooted in the unique way in which the mind perceives faces. “Individuals who process faces more...

2011-11-21 12:16:34

Whether comparing a man and a woman or a parent and a baby, we can still see when two people of different age or sex are genetically related. How do we know that people are part of a family? Findings from a new study published in the Journal of Vision increases our understanding of the brain's ability to see through these underlying variations in facial structure. "Being able to see the family resemblance between faces that have some underlying difference, such as the difference between...

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2011-08-04 10:10:00

German officials are threatening legal action against Facebook over its facial recognition software, which critics say violates privacy and data protection laws, according to various media reports. Photos uploaded to the social networking site are automatically run through recognition software and, although users have the option of opting out, Facebook can still gather and indefinitely store all photos added to the site. Hamburg's privacy commissioner, Johannes Caspar, said that the...

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2011-08-04 08:46:46

With the aim of better protecting endangered species, game wardens are studying the behavior of surviving great apes in the wild. This is often painstaking work because it is difficult to distinguish between different individuals. A new software system will make things easier by analyzing the animals' faces for individual identification. The pictures from the video trap are highly encouraging. A strong young male gorilla appears several times "“ in a tree, moving through the forest, at...

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2011-08-02 05:16:19

According to a new study, one in three people can be identified on Facebook by using just a photograph. Researchers took a picture of 93 volunteers to use this method to track them down on the social networking site by using publicly available software. The researchers were able to predict the first five digits of their social security number 27 percent of the time by using the volunteers Facebook profile. The study used the Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (PittPatt) facial recognition...

2011-08-01 08:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It is possible to identify strangers and gain their personal information - perhaps even their social security numbers -- by using face recognition software and social media profiles, according to a new study by Carnegie Mellon University's Alessandro Acquisti and his research team. The results of the study will be presented Aug. 4 at Black Hat, a security conference in Las Vegas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) "A...

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2011-07-27 12:45:00

Facebook has decided to show users how to turn off its facial recognition feature after privacy concerns were voiced. The social network uses facial recognition technology to identify people in photographs posted on Facebook, and then suggests to their friends that they should "tag" them so they are easier to find. Privacy campaigners were concerned that photographs could be shared more widely than intended and that Facebook was "eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth," reports...

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2011-07-24 06:05:00

Google has acquired Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (PittPatt), a startup company that develops facial recognition technology, according to an announcement posted to the acquired firm's website. "Joining Google is the next thrilling step in a journey that began with research at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in the 1990s and continued with the launching of Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (PittPatt) in 2004," the company's statement read. "We've worked hard to advance the...

2011-07-22 10:48:00

LONDON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valued Opinions has revealed that the majority of people don't like or don't mind the Facebook's new facial recognition feature. Market research surveys [http://www.valuedopinions.com/eng/rewards ] carried out by Valued Opinions show the new Facebook feature, called 'Tag Suggestions' has proved a controversial topic. Valued Opinions ran an online poll [http://www.valuedopinions.com ] which was designed to find out how...

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2011-07-21 10:20:00

Police departments nationwide, in an attempt to quickly and more precisely identify a person or track criminal suspects in the field, are gearing up to use a controversial iris- and facial-scanning device, Reuters is reporting. This "biometric" technology, which would seem to be found only on TV crime dramas, could improve speed and accuracy in some routine police work in the field. Its use, however, has alarmed some who are concerned about possible civil liberties and privacy issues. The...