Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Google Begins Blurring Faces In Street View

Via Slashdot:
Google has begun blurring faces in its Street View service, which has spawned privacy concerns since its introduction last year. Google has been working for a couple of years to advance the state of the art of face recognition. Quoting News.com: 'The technology uses a computer algorithm to scour Google's image database for faces, then blurs them, said John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Google Maps, in an interview at the Where 2.0 conference...' Google wrote about the program in their Lat/Long blog.

Of course, geek that I am, I immediately thought about advertising billboards with people's faces on them. I look forward to many blurred ads in our Google Street View future.

4 comments:

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

They should come out with clothing with face pictures all over it. Then, if you get google-cammed, you'd be a complete blur!

Grant Miller said...

Lucky for me, my face is blurry to begin with.

Grant Miller said...

Instead of blurring faces, Google should just add those Groucho Marx gag glasses to everyone.

Cowboy the Cat said...

Grant, LOL!

This post made me think of that Tim Robbin's mivie "Jacob's Ladder"

freaky.