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Facial Recognition Technology: Surveillance as a Trade-off for New Tools

By November 13, 2017 No Comments

A recent article about the “Face Lab” at a North Carolina university discusses how facial recognition science and technology have the potential for solving problems as well as the potential for abuse – in law enforcement, medicine, and other fields. Says Dr. Karl Ricanek, “One of the things being worked on this lab is generating a composite image of a face from a DNA sample.” In other words, “[i]n theory, technology pioneered in his lab could allow law enforcement to generate the image of a victim or a perpetrator from a drop of blood or a strand of hair.” Ever-increasing surveillance may be the price for such developments; Ricanek believes a “culture of constant surveillance” will be reality within a few years.