It's routine whether you're going through airport security or hitting up your favorite bar: you have to show your ID. But how effective is that, really? Who's to say you're not carrying the ID of someone who just looks like you? It turns out that that's a very good question. Over and over, studies show that most people are lousy at matching pictures of unfamiliar faces, regardless of training. Yet we keep checking IDs just the same.
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Facebook can recognize faces with 97.35% accuracy, which is still less than a human's ability to recognize faces. 00:25
There are four main issues you face when developing facial recognition software: aging, pose, illumination, emotions. 02:15
Mastercard is trying to see if taking a selfie could be a viable way to authenticate a credit card purchase. 05:02
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