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  1. Facial Recognition Software Tags Possible Anne Boleyn Portrait

    So it's either her or pretty much anyone else on her friend list.

    Portraits of Anne Boleyn, queen of England from 1533-1536, are extremely rare and hard to verify, because many were destroyed when the king had her... dealt with so he could marry Jane Seymour. Then, when everyone was cool with her again after her daughter, Elizabeth I, became queen, it's thought that paintings of other women were repurposed as depictions of Boleyn. Now, facial recognition software has weighed in and tagged Boleyn in some of those paintings.

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  2. Face-Scanning Book Judges You by Your Cover, Decides Whether You Can Read It

    Oh, so it's OK when books do it?

    An artist has invented a book with built-in face-scanning technology that will only open if your face bears an emotionless expression to make sure you're not judging it by its cover. He has successfully created the world's first willfully hypocritical book.

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  3. Japanese Surveillance System Can Scan 36 Million Faces in a Second

    Step one of achieving a dystopia  is having the physical infrastructure to monitor large amounts of people at all times. Step two is having the software (or manpower I guess) to parse it all. A Japanese surveillance company has just made huge strides in that second part. The company, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, is just finishing development of a facial recognition system that, given enough footage, can scan and index around 36 million faces in just around 1 second. You'd need a pretty insane amount of footage before that calculation time became non-trivial.

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