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The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

The New York Times

This is one of those tools that take the «magic» out of Arthur Clarke’s famous quote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from…dystopia? Here’s what Clearview.ai does: It can analyse a face (let’s say: your face) from a photograph or surveillance feed and instantly connect it to other publicly available images of you. And since some of those other images are connected to your name (say, a profile image on Facebook or Linkedin), it knows who you are. It claims to have 3000 million faces in its database already. The New York Times has all the details.

From Weekly Filet #286, in March 2020.
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