When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open.
The more society-changing aspect of facial recognition in the United States may be how private companies deploy it. And imagine what you would do with a face-identifying app on your phone: a Shazam for people. You would never forget someone’s name at a party again.
And anonymity could be eradicated in day-to-day life.
The screen filled with a grid of photos of the younger Abrams from around the web, with the source of each identified in tiny type under the photo.