The technology Facebook and Google didn’t dare release

Engineers at the tech giants built these tools years ago but Silicon Valley did not want to move fast and break things.

  • In 2017, one Facebook employee demonstrated facial recognition software that would detect people’s faces with your phone and tell you their name.
  • As far back as 2011, Google created facial recognition software you could use to search for other pictures of that person online.

These technologies were never pushed to the public in the way they were demo’d and instead Facebook, Google and Apple deployed facial recognition technology in what they considered to be relatively benign ways.

  • But the article does shine light on the scary possibilities technology poses to regular people.
  • If nothing else, the facial recognition software Facebook developed in 2017 shows just how little privacy we have.

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