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Researchers at Facebook have developed an experimental identification algorithm that takes into account a person’s face and their clothing, body shape and pose. It’s facial recognition – but with no face pic required. The Facebook team analyzed over 40,000 public photos from Flickr. In some photos, the subject has their face visible; in others, faces are obscured. Facebook’s experimental algorithm was able to successfully identify people with 83% accuracy using other features. This does’nt seem as impressive as the human-level performance of Facebook’s facial recognition, but it’s still a surprisingly strong and shows how potentially powerful this tech could be. The new feature is expected to make its way to the social network to help identify and tag people in photos more accurately. But may come with controversy about privacy implications on such a powerful identification algorithm. This is especially true once it moves beyond Facebook, used out in the real world by the police and other authorities.

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