An Algorithm That Recognizes Faces Better Than People Can

FacerecognitionComputer scientists are announcing they’ve made a program that is better at matching photos than people are, and this is the first time a program has performed better than people at recognizing people.

The new algorithm, developed at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, outperforms people when it comes to distinguishing whether two faces are the same or not, drawing from a set of 13,000 photos of 600 public figures. Humans get the right answer 97,53 percent of the time, on this test. The Chinese University of Hong Kong algorithm is right 98,52 percent of the time. And as the scientist says: “The new system could finally make human-level face verification available in applications ranging from smart phone and computer game log-ons to security and passport control.” 

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