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Facebook knows who you are without even seeing your face

Facebook knows who you are without even seeing your face
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This is simply incredible and terrifying all at once. These days, computer programs are so advanced, they can pick your identity out of a photograph with no trouble. But what if your back is to the camera or your face is hidden? Now Facebook's newest technology can tell who you are without even seeing your face.

The new facial recognition algorithm can use things like your body shape, the pose you make the most in pictures and your hairdo to pick you out in photos uploaded by you and your Facebook friends. This software is impressive and scary. If Facebook has this now, imagine what type of facial recognition software the government has!

Yann LeCun, head of artificial intelligence at Facebook, explains how the program picks up on how things that identify you.

"There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back. For example, you can recognize Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt."

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