Seeing faces in the clouds, thanks to facial recognition software

30 07 2013

Originally posted on TED Blog:

In his TED Talk, Gavin Pretor-Pinney urges us to look to the skies and appreciate the incredible shapes[ted_talkteaser id=1780] — a heart, fish or a hand waving goodbye — that can be spotted (or imagined) in clouds.

But what if you want to take your cloud-spotting game to the next level? The technology and art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun, based in Seoul, can help. The group’s recent work analyzes images of clouds using facial-recognition software, tracking and recording the moments when clouds look fleetingly like human faces. The project, called Cloud Face, is “a collection of cloud images that are recognized by a face-detection algorithm.” You can see it at work on the collective’s website »

We think this project would be of interest to another TEDGlobal 2013 speaker — Alessandro Acquisti. In Edinburgh, Acquisti warned us that facial-recognition software is getting better and better, with some dismaying implications for our privacy. Soon…

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