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Smile! FBI facial recognition database set to pass 50 million recorded pictures

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The FBI’s Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, is snapping up pictures left, right and centre. According to data dug up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the scheme, which is the bureau’s giant biometric database, will include more than 50 million images of peoples’ faces by 2015.

The database will include photos like mugshots, but according to the documentation found by the EFF also contain photos of non-criminals.

“Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a “mug shot” photo along with your fingerprints. If that’s the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data,” Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, writes in a piece for Ars Technica.

Basically, you need to stay unemployed if you want to stay out of the database…thanks, FBI.

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Your future car can tell your ass from your elbows

In the future, your ass might help protect your car from being stolen.

Yep, that’s right. Your ass.

Engineers at Japan’s Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology have come up with a system that can recognize a person when they sit down in a car seat. So far the system has a 98 per cent success rate.

The team behind the novel idea aren’t kidding around. They want to commercialize their prototype as an anti-theft product and have it rea(r)dy in two to three years if car companies agree to collaborate.

Of course, this might make for the best motivation ever for people who don’t want to put on weight. Because if they do, their car might simply refuse to start.

But imagine the commercials:

The new, improved Toyota Hiace. It really can tell your ass from your elbows….