Yet another entertaining technofashion concept: face camoflauge, specifically intended to defeat face recognition software. Like other “steathware“, CVDazzle plays on popular displeasure at ubiquitous surveillance, and provides supposed technical countermeasures based on classic stories from Art History class.
Fortunately, this is “art”, so all that matters it that it looks and sounds sexy. In this case, a “participatory” aspect is included, offering you an opportunity to test your own camo against easily available civilian algorithms.
It’s all quite adorable, and perhaps some people will learn a little about face recognition from this. All to the good.
But this is certainly not going to make you invisible to electronic surveillance. Even if these techniques defeat some algorithms today, it will be very simple matter for them to learn your camo patterns–they are far easier to ID than your face. Unless you have a new camo every hour or so, you are actually making it much easier to track you by your distinctive dazzle.
One thing to consider is what “threat” the camo is supposed to defeat. Basically, you are trying to deal with someone tracking you in otherwise anonymous public spaces, such as crowds. The other case of interest is picking your face out of images on the internet. In both these cases, your camo will only work until there is an online link between your name and your camo. Once anyone, anywhere, tags your camoflauged image, you are known everywhere. I’d say the mean time to recognition could be minutes….
I would also point out some downsides to this concept. There are situations where you want to recognize you, for your own protection from fraud. Obviously, you are not trying to hide your ID from, say, and ATM machine where you are identifying yourself to it. In fact, you probably will be unhappy if your account is frozen because some wierdo with blue hair over his eyes tries to use your back card.
Oh well. Anyone who expects to go mano-a-mano with extremely powerful bastards, wielding only Art, is fooling himself.