Face Recognition Technology Not All That Smart

Face Recognition Technology Not All That Smart
Dan Gould
  • 10 july 2008

New cigarette vending machines in Japan have a face recognition software that supposedly can tell if a potential customer is an adult or not. Nice idea, but an epic failure. A newspaper put this ability to shame when they tricked the machines by holding up a magazine photo to the mirror/camera sensor. The software thought it was a real person and sold them some smokes. It gets worse. Now a second group used the simple line drawing portraits found on the 1,000-yen and 10,000-yen bills to fool the machine.

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