Facebook 10-year challenge: ideal for training bots

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 16 2019 @ 12:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Is Facebook's 10-year challenge a harmless meme or a sinister plot to train AI algorithms to be able to recognize you even better? While it's fun to show off how you aged to friends, family and randos on the Internet, Wired writer Kate O'Neill warns this sort of thing is also ideal to train facial recognition bots:
Is it bad that someone could use your Facebook photos to train a facial recognition algorithm? Not necessarily; in a way, it’s inevitable. Still, the broader takeaway here is that we need to approach our interactions with technology mindful of the data we generate and how it can be used at scale. I’ll offer three plausible use cases for facial recognition: one respectable, one mundane, and one risky.
Something to ponder about on this Wednesday afternoon.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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