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From The Chinese University of Hong Kong: A New Algorithm That Recognizes Faces Better Than People Can

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Faces from the Dataset Used to Test the Algorithm Described Below

It’s already a little eerie when Facebook suggests tags for who it recognizes in your photo, especially for faces that are small, blurry, or otherwise difficult to distinguish. What if Facebook were even better–better at recognizing people in pictures than you are?

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Two computer scientists are announcing they’ve made a program that is better at matching photos than people are, the Physics arXiv Blog reports. This is the first time a program has performed better than people at recognizing people.

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To be sure, the new algorithm, developed at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, outperforms people in a very specific task with a very specific set of photos. The Hong Kong researchers asked the algorithm to tell whether two faces are the same, drawing from a set of 13,000 photos of 600 public figures. Humans get the right answer 97.53 percent of the time, on this test. The Chinese University of Hong Kong algorithm is right 98.52 percent of the time. (You can try some sample matches at the Physics arXiv Blog!)

Although this isn’t exactly the same as recognizing your coworker Mary on the street, the feat is still impressive. The 13,000-photo dataset in which the algorithms were tested is considered a standard benchmark in computer vision, the Physics arXiv Blog reports…(read more) [Physics arXiv Blog]  Popular Science

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2 Comments on “From The Chinese University of Hong Kong: A New Algorithm That Recognizes Faces Better Than People Can”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet Faces from the Dataset Used to Test the Algorithm Described Below It’s already a little eerie […]

  2. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    One of the biometric programs identified me as 13% being myself, and 98% as being my father’s deceased younger brother.


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