Camouflage To Confound Face Recognition

CV Dazzle is a open source attempt to thwart computerized face recognition using a combination of makeup and hair styling. CV Dazzle "explores ways of hiding in plain sight using ambiguously deceptive fashion".


(Scramble suit from A Scanner Darkly [movie])

The name is derived from a type of camouflage used during WWI, called Dazzle, which was used to break apart the gestalt-image of warships, making it hard to discern their directionality, size, and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.

Because face detection is the first step in automated facial recognition, CV Dazzle can be used in any environment where automated face recognition systems are in use, such as Google's Picasa, Flickr, or Facebook

CV Dazzle has also developed software "that combines interactive drawing and genetic algorithms to detect vulnerabilities in the face detection process."

Fans of Philip K. Dick recall the scramble suit that enables the wearer to defy description.


(Scramble suit from A Scanner Darkly [movie])

From CV Dazzle via KurzweilAI.

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