Rusell Brandom discusses a case in which facial recognition seemed to work. A fugitive handed in a visa application and the supplied picture matched with a picture on the wanted list. Brandom writes: ” it’s easy to overstate the importance of facial recognition to a case like this. The current tech can’t search through crowds in a Boston Bombing scenario, and it’s not clear it ever will be. Even systems like the one in Chicago end up blocked by bad angles and inconsistent lighting. If Stammer had grown a mustache or had plastic surgery, it’s plausible that he could have slipped through the system entirely.”

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