Makeup to stop face-recognition software from “seeing” you

Fascinating artist profile and interview with Adam Harvey, who designed the CV Dazzle (CV stands for Computer Vision) makeup and hair design that stops facial recognition software in surveillance cameras from recognizing you as a human. This could be important in protests – but primarily I think it’s a comment on surveillance society, and a kind of “design fiction”, as Harvey says in the interview. It’s a fascinating concept, though.


DIS Magazine summarizes things to keep in mind when trying to remain undetectable to machines:

1. Avoid enhancers
They amplify key facial features.

2. Partially obscure the nosebridge area
The region where the nose, eyes, and forehead intersect is a key facial feature.

3. Partially obscure the ocular region
The position and darkness of eyes is a key facial feature.

4. Remain inconspicuous
For camouflage to function, it must not be perceived as a mask or disguise.

Harvey has also designed other interesting items. Like a pocket in your trousers that shuts off your phone’s connectivity. I wonder where you buy that fabric?

14. June 2012 by Jill
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