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Automatically tag photos with your family's and friends' names for easier searching

Automatically tag photos with your family's and friends' names for easier searching
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We recently told you about big advances in face-recognition technology. Facebook's DeepFace, for instance, can identify people from photos with an accuracy rate of better than 97%, or "closely approaching human-level performance," according to Facebook.

Meantime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Next Generation Identification uses biometrics to identify criminals, including a database of 23 million front-facing images. Plus, the Australian government may soon incorporate face recognition and people's social media photographs into its antiterrorism database.

Yet, while the government's face-recognition technology may raise concerns about your online privacy, there are funner things to do with face recognition. One of those is AutoTag 'n Search My Photos.

It was created by Microsoft Garage, which is an in-house initiative where Microsoft interns and employees work on side projects. One of those projects, AutoTag, is designed to help you manage your photographs.

It uses your tagged Facebook photographs to learn the appearances and names of your friends, family and you. If you put a name to a face, Microsoft's AutoTag uses those photos "to learn face models of your friends," according to Microsoft.

Next page: AutoTag makes it easier to search for photos
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