Gigapixel Images can ID You in Large Crowds of 100,000 Plus

Gigapixel images

You are standing in a crowd of approximately 700,000 people; you are way in the back. You don’t see anyone with a camera.  So you are hidden in the crowd right.  Well think again.  The new Gigapixel images that are available from various commercial companies lets you identify individuals in huge crowds.  The one shown in the following link Gigapixel images  lets you identify faces in a crowd of 700,000 people.  Put your cursor on the picture and click your mouse.  You will be amazed at what you see.

This picture is actually 216 photos that are put together during a 15 minute time period to create a picture of approximately 70,000 X 30,000 pixels.  The site Digital Synopsis  explains more about how Gigapixel images are taken.  To get a good understanding scroll down their page and take a look at the pictures of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address and the Blazers vs. Lakers game.  Scroll in and you can identify the people in attendance, even in the far end of the basketball arena.

Now if these Gigapixel images are available to private industry, you can only image what the government has.  In the future, you need to know that everything you do in public can be photographed.

This technology is a two edged sword it can be used for good or evil.  Used in the right hands it can solve crime and prevent problems.  In the wrong hands, it can be used to suppress and control people.  Only by being aware of what is available can we the people make sure that this type of technology is used in a manner that does not invade our privacy.

Howard

2 thoughts on “Gigapixel Images can ID You in Large Crowds of 100,000 Plus”

  1. I’m really getting scared. What do we have to do? Are we going to have to become makeup artists to disguise ourselves?

  2. Already Google’s algorithms can accurately match child and adult photos of the same person, and Facebook has an algorithm that works by recognizing hair style, body shape, and body language ­- and works even when it can’t see faces. And while we humans are pretty much as good at this as we’re ever going to get, computers will continue to improve. Over the next years, they’ll continue to get more accurate, making better matches using even worse photos.
    High-tech billboards can target ads based on the gender of who’s standing in front of them. In 2011, researchers at Carnegie Mellon pointed a camera at a public area on campus and were able to match live video footage with a public database of tagged photos in real time. Already government and commercial authorities have set up facial recognition systems to identify and monitor people at sporting events, music festivals, and even churches.

    Already the FBI has a database of 52 million faces, and describes its integration of facial recognition software with that database as “fully operational.” In 2014, FBI Director James Comey told Congress that the database would not include photos of ordinary citizens, although the FBI’s own documents indicate otherwise. And just last month, we learned that the FBI is looking to buy a system that will collect facial images of anyone an officer stops on the street.

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