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Chrome 70 beta has a face detection API (chromium.org)
24 points by stupidcar on Sept 14, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments

I don't want to jump the gun and call it creepy just yet, but what is it for exactly?

The most common end-user use of face detection is probably adding filters and decorations to photos.

This isn't too hard to do in javascript, but I assume a native implementation is much faster.

I'm not sure why it would be creepy; face recognition is easily done locally. Every camera implements it, for example, for focusing on faces.

My guess would be that it's intended to be used as some kind of second factor for authentication.

This is rad! Native support. Looks like my old company and team that brought Goggle's goggle's back at work again.

This will do wonders for my little GIF app.


downvoters just don't understand :|

Funny how you can downvote a comment without investigating what it's all about.

Consider explaining enough details in your comment so that it doesn’t require readers to investigate?

Someone felt I was wrong when calling Google creepy the other day.

My mistake. Why would facial recognition connected with Google be creepy. It's... "convenient". So convenient....to have Google help you provide that feature... Yeah.

Google. Not creepy. Sane.

> The Shape Detection API makes a device's shape detection capabilities available on the web, letting you identify faces, barcodes, and text in images.

This sounds like a boon for blind users. Your browser can now leverage device capabilities to interpret more than just text.

Like any technology it can be used to do good and bad things. Unfortunately in this universe helping blind people is a lot less profitable than snatching user face, voice and personal data to clone existing identities or build fake ones. In the modern Internet anything that can be exploited or abused will be; hence the mistrust. So thanks but no thanks.

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