Messing with Facial Recognition

I was looking at this picture of Blake Eaton and considering how much a labret can push around the lips and thereby slightly redefine the mathematical representation of the face. I was wondering at what point body modifications — or facial tattoos — start to mess up facial recognition algorithms? Given how ubiquitous CCTV surveillance is these days, and how many of these cameras are being networked into systems that can do live facial recognition and tracking (thereby allowing the illuminati or skynet or whatever to track you any time you step into public view), such things are worth considering… With a couple of strategic large piercings, could you contort your face enough that by switching jewelry you effectively hide yourself from the robots?

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…and then of course there’s always this…

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

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