SCI/TECH: Facial recognition technology

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Facial recognition technology is the latest software to be introduced by the scientific community. It’s a developing computer application capable of, as its title suggests, identifying a user through digital video or image. The software is mostly being promoted as a security system, however, industries have been advertising other creative purposes for the technology as well.

Development for this application began in the mid 1960’s, when scientists initially began working on a computer program capable of recognizing faces. Progress has continued since then, although several attempts to launch this application, once in 2001 and again in 2003, were shutdown due to ineffectiveness. Now, facial recognition is making a startling comeback and only time will determine the software’s success.

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