The wall that knows you

You thought closed-circuit television cameras  were bad enough, but check this out:

PC Pro‘s Steve Cassidy  was doing a stint at the recent CeBIT computer expo.  He wrote »»»

It was while semi-hypnotised, then, and irritated by a crowd behind me and a crowd in front of me, that I got my wake-up call, taking the form of the system of which I took the very bad picture. It’s not a cartoon-face pre-processor: it claims to be an automatic face recognition and fraud-prediction system. It was on the stand of German identity-management firm Dermalog, though I confess I was jostled so much by gurning techies eager to get a picture, of their picture, on this screen that I didn’t manage to verify how complete the development is.

 The idea of the system is that fraudsters will very likely not be happy, and may otherwise be characterised by predominating flags that help to narrow down their intentions

cam wallDermalog was pretty proud of it, though. The screen beside it showed the visit yesterday to their stand by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, apparently unfazed by the irony of a politician taking a long, hard look at a system devoted to the detection of fraudsters by their facial expression alone.

The floating text beside that torrent of faces which you probably can’t read is what shows the ability of the system. Having spotted a face, the system tags it with a gender, an age estimate, and a mood. Charmingly, it recognised me as a male but then pegged me as “60, +/- 15 years, happy”, which is technically correct but painfully unflattering. The idea of the system is that fraudsters will very likely not be happy, and may otherwise be characterised by predominating flags that help to narrow down their intentions.

Meanwhile, what of Dermalog?

Based in Hamburg Germany,  it says its software technologies run on any open system architecture hardware platform.

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