Facial recognition systems provide cheap and effective ways to identify people, and is a dream for any totalitarian regime. Our face will increasingly be used as a password. In China, it has already been used in payment procedures in shops or on public transport and at security checks at airports or to take out loans at the bank. In many places, one can no longer move anonymously.
Facial recognition system is being practiced in public spaces, at a distance, without us knowing, or being able to choose whether we want to give our consent or not. We can neither leave our face at home when we go out nor turn it off to prevent tracking, as we can with our mobile phone. GDPR is a European regulation that regulates privacy and the use of facial recognition, which still is not prohibited. Local authorities, technology developers and others are calling for a ban.
In China, however, facial recognition is already being used to systematically monitor certain minority groups. Journalists are divided into three categories in a traffic light system to show how closely they must be monitored. It can be used to hunt, for example, homosexuals, ethnic minorities or political opponents.
In other words, facial recognition with artificial intelligence is a perfect technology for mass surveillance and control of the society. For privacy and anonymity, the technology is like plutonium, where the harms are far more serious than the benefits.
When it comes to meeting the rapidly developing technology, the mask will have countless uses. For now, it is difficult to imagine all the possibilities or how quickly it will happen. The mask has traditionally been used during ritual events or carnivals, giving you the role of someone else for a short while. Other typical users of masks have been robbers or others who for obvious reasons did not want to be recognized, for example political protesters, activists or unfaithful spouses.
It has been confirmed that even light make-up placed in the right places in relation to light and shadow acts like sand in the machinery of facial recognition cameras. Research has also shown that masks will generally provide 50% protection. By combining this with natural make-up and a detachable mustache or a health mask, you will be able to make yourself invisible to facial recognition systems.
Don’t forget that the mask can also be used for parties and celebrations!
The word mask probably comes from the Arabic maskhara and means artist or magician. Then: Hocus Spokus and Simsalabim. Disappear!