• Khalid

    What if this whole he said/she said thing is a huge April fools prank that’ll result in Google releasing an update to Goggles tomorrow which fakes facial recognition? Remember the translate application for animals they released one year?

  • http://goo.gl/Lf2G William J Brown

    … or “Google Goes Nuclear”, as printed tonight over at TechCrunch. Too funny! (or not)

  • http://www.seobythesea.com/ Bill Slawski

    Hi Greg

    Google did publish a patent application earlier this year (which I blogged about here – http://bit.ly/idDG9h ) which described how they might incorporate facial recognition into their visual search application.

    The patent described some possible limitations on facial searches, such as limiting results to images in the public domain, images from news sources showing celebrities, and images from people who are contacts of yours (or possibly contacts of contacts) in social networks.

    I think its technology that Google is probably capable of using now, but haven’t incorporated into Google Goggles because of the potential privacy backlash that would accompany it. Not sure the limitations described in the patent filing help define that meaningfully.

  • Slade

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about…if you want privacy then don’t create any online accounts (FB/twitter etc) …Lock yourself in your home and never go to a public space.
    what is the crime in being “recognized” ?