How to hide from face-detection technology
April 29th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

How to hide from face-detection technology

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - If you take Adam Harvey's advice, here's what you might wanna wear to a party this weekend: A funny hat, asymmetrical glasses, a tuft of hair that dangles off your nose bridge and, most likely, a black-and-white triangle taped to your cheekbone. Optional: Cubic makeup patterns all around your eyes.

All of these otherworldly fashion accessories - which could leave a person looking kind of like an opulent villain from "The Hunger Games" - have a singular goal: to stop your face from being detected by cameras and computers. Called CV Dazzle (short for "computer vision dazzle;" more on the name later), Harvey's project is a provocative and largely theoretical response to the rise of surveillance cameras on street corners and face-detecting technology that's been incorporated into social networking sites like Facebook and Flickr.

If you employ these techniques, Harvey, 30, hopes computers won't even know you have a face:

I don’t want to be unrealistic about it. It’s a pretty conceptual project but it seems to touch on a subject that people are still trying to figure out, which is how to adapt to living in surveillance societies, where not only are you being watched by government surveillance but by citizen surveillance and social-media-type surveillance.

The face appendages aim to trick face detection software by obscuring computer-readable parts of your face. According to Harvey, the key part of the face that computers can read is the "nose bridge," or the area between the eyes. If you can obscure that, you have a good chance of tricking computers into thinking you don't have a face, he said. Another technique is to create an "anit-face," which is less terrifying than it sounds since it just means inverting your face's color scheme. So the black-and-white triangles on the cheeks aim to achieve this effect.

Face detection prevention fashion.

Or, you could just sport a popped collar or a hoodie. More from Harvey:

One idea I’m working on is a double flip-up collar. It’s not much different from a hoodie except that you can fold it down and it’s a new style. The hoodie works great, but of course it’s kind of suspicious.

Asymmetry also fools computers, he said, since software first looks for symmetry in a face.

Harvey developed this concept as a grad-student project at New York University starting in 2010. He hopes to soon put out a fashion guide to avoiding face detection and wants to work with fashion designers to create accessories that trick peeping cameras. He's also working on a computer program that would allow people to draw their own anti-detection fashion, then test it virtually to see if it actually works before they go wandering out of the house with bangs hanging over their noses.

Oh, and the name: "Dazzle" refers to a particular type of camouflage that was used by ships in World War I. The cubist-style pattern on the boats wasn't meant to blend into the surroundings, exactly, but it did have a confusing effect, he said. "Zebras use dazzle camouflage," he said. "If they're all running around it’s increasingly difficult to se how many there are. That’s the advantage to them."

Harvey said he's not completely against face detection in all cases, but he thinks the technology "oscillates between cool and freaky." The public thinking on privacy, has "really turned upside down," he said. "Anything you do in favor of privacy can raise a lot of suspicion now."

He doesn't take things so seriously that he actually wears this stuff to parties, however. He's actually never tried that himself, he said, but is trying to come up with a hat that will look cool and still could conceal his identity - at least from the computers.

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soundoff (439 Responses)
  1. Lancem

    I'm sure this will soon be followed up by an arrest of this guy for "trying to evade US security measures"

    April 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  2. jeff

    thank you sorcha that was kind of my point

    April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • jeff

      I been packin dat fudge for years. I just wanna pump da plump rump of some fruity chumps!!! Schlobin knobs!!

      April 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  3. Sorcha

    If this is anything like Facebook's facial recognition, I'm not worried. There was a pic online where it had tried to tag someone's knee as a face.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  4. jeff

    is this a grammer and spelling contest for people pretending to be smart durring jerry springer commercials? oops forgot to use capitol letters commas and spell check.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Billy Poop

      you spelled "grammar" wrong.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
      • Billy Poop

        I luv poooop! It is cool to rock da hershey highway!! I been slammin dat pooop chute forever!!

        April 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Sorcha

      Also "during." And used the wrong form of the word "capital."

      I feel like a much better person now.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      as well as DURRING.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  5. InAllSeriousness

    why not just wear that funny glasses with a nose. Its cheap, and if your going to look like a freak to trick the camera...you might as well look funny!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      Why
      it's
      you're

      April 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  6. Howard Scott Pearlman

    But, of course if you use Face obscuring technology instead of makeup it will just invite the Security to send a live body to really check you out !

    April 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  7. Know Better

    Ridiculous!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  8. Yakobi

    "Another technique is to create an "anit-face," which is less terrifying than it sounds since it just means inverting your face's color scheme."

    Could you have meant "ANTI-face"? Spell-check–it's not just for bloggers.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • WaitWhat

      You'd be surprised. I think in the past week I've read at least 5-6 articles with grammar mishaps or misspelled words. It kind of discredits what I'm reading in most cases.

      April 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  9. Molly B.

    I have a distinct nose (a hump and a knob). Would I be easy to profile? Hmm........I think it's to late to worry about.
    What does this really amount to?

    April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  10. Michael Fox

    Just a little constructive criticism: get a proofreader.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Grammar Troll

      So did you actually have anything substantive to add?

      April 30, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • marshoutlaw

        do you, do I?

        April 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Government already has our SS#, they assigned it and know everything about us. It amazes me how people go into a panic mode without thinking.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • ZMEEKER

      Claudia, Exactly how does the government know everything about anyone from our social security record? For instance, I doubt that they know every keystroke that you execute on your computer keyboard aggregates into a scathing indictment of your intellect. So enlighten us on the process of how the SSN database is populated with comprehensive information regarding everything about someone. I hear crickets…….

      April 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • ZMEEKER

        I am a fudge packin freak that luvs to schlob the knob!! All you fairies wanna pump my plump rump?

        April 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • ZMEEKER

      Any of u gayboyz wanna play hide the sausage?? Let's get down and get bizzee!! I just wanna polish your tool!!

      April 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      The President was issued a SSN from someone else. Your point is not valid.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  12. chato

    In other news, water is found to be wet.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Jesus H. Christ

      There is a special place in heaven for witty people

      April 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
  13. ChristAddict03

    Eventually, the government will be able to get a database of all the Christians and be able to send them to those same camps the Jews went to. All homeschoolers will be arrested, then the preachers, then the citizens. We will all have to get those RFID tags in our hands to track us...
    The end to America is nigh...hello 1984

    April 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Jesus H. Christ

      I sure hope so. There's nothing worse than a bunch of followers.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • CiteYourSource

      Addict, I think your meds need to be adjusted again.

      Christians aren't oppressed in the USA. Thou Shalt Not Lie, so Jesus would appreciate if you would stop insisting that you are.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • KenInMD

        Actually, "Thou Shalt Not Lie" isn't a sin. Just a really good idea.

        But those who claim that Christians are being opressed in the US just need to watch a little more of the GOP. They're trying to force "Christian Values" down our throats.

        April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • jc

      oh boy...get off whatever you are on .... geez

      April 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Reynolds

      Would you like some tinfoil to go with that, or are you afraid it will clash with that straightjacket?

      April 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • hypatia

      victim wannabe? That really needs professional help.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • think instead

      But... but.... Pat Robertson said so!

      April 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Sorcha

      You! Out of my religion! You're making us all look crazy and stupid.

      Seriously, you've been reading way too many Jack Chick tracts. You do realize that the book of Revelation is allegorical, right? And that the "anti-Christ" referred to is most likely Nero? Unless he's been kept in cryogenic sleep for the past couple thousand years, preparing to come back to life and take over the world from his golden chariot, you really have nothing to worry about. Chill out and pay attention to what Jesus actually said, not to what fearmongering preachers would have you believe. And stop whining about how the world is out to get Christians, just because people of other faiths and no faiths are daring to speak up and be heard.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
      • ChristAddict03

        The infallible bible is a literal work of a living God; there is nothing allegorical about it. You do not see what God's love and mercy will do for the world. You aren't a Christian.

        May 1, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  14. GenXcynic

    I just wrapped my hockey mask in aluminum foil – seems to trick the cameras and toll collectors get a kick out of it. It's also got an SPF rating that's off the charts!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Sidewinder

      Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!! And we have a winner. Tell him what he's won, Johnny!

      April 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
  15. James

    welcome to district 12 and the hunger games america

    April 30, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
  16. Hank Eder

    I just wear Groucho nose and glasses. Works every time and it's a great conversation starter.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      Thanks dude, that was a good chuckle as I start up my day at work

      April 30, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
  17. george

    plese CNN, don't teach citizens to commit face crimes...

    April 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • george

      oh! sorry rekardo....please....

      April 30, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
  18. Ricardo

    Obama should have used these tips when he was playing the role of Osama in their fake Hollywood video shoots

    April 30, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Ricardo

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia0Tob-oJ28&w=640&h=390]

      If face recognition is so accurate, why is Obama even in office?

      April 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • Allinyourface

        Obama is 6' 1" and Osama is 6' 5". Please, next time try harder.

        April 30, 2012 at 9:37 am |
      • Bertrand Dore

        OMG, Ricardo, please, go see a doctor and explain your thoughts. Not to be mean, but you might have symptoms of Schizophrenia. I am sure it seems real to you, but believe me, you are loosing contact there.

        April 30, 2012 at 10:02 am |
      • jc

        bbbaaaahhhhaaaaa haaaa haaaa how ridiculous

        April 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Sark

      Seriously? Even an amateur like me can tell that the two photos aren't of the same person, no matter how much you'd like to pretend they are. Notice the shape of the eyebrows for starters. Then look at the tip of the nose.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • jc

        why you bother engaging this guy as if he made any kind of sense?

        April 30, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  19. why

    Who cares if your face can be recognized. If you have not commited a crime then who cares. Its like trying to hide your car from the police on the HWY. so what if the police see your car if your not commiting a crime. If you have commited a crime then I hope the heck you get nailed big time.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Daryl Revok

      yeah, and when government decides one day they dont like your 'political" persuasion and have your face on a black list for suppression, who cares, just change your politics right?

      April 30, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

      What Daryl says may seem farfetched…. It really isn’t. Study a little history and you will see how common this is.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Pamela Haley Design

      Right... And who cares if you get barred from a job application because you have drunk pictures up on facebook. Who cares if you get put on the no fly list because your friend wears a towel on their head as they get out of the shower. Most importantly, who cares if someone murders you, cut's your face off and wears it to a nasty party for Halloween.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Well

      This is the scariest, yet most common reaction to tyranny. Lots of Germans said, "I'm not Jewish, Catholic or Gypsy, so what do I have to worry about?"

      April 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • george

      everyone is now a criminal. you cannot go about a regular day in amerika without commiting an offence against the state in some way.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • Ignth

      I've got nothing to hide klaxon!

      April 30, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • Michelle

      Exactly. We should just do away with that useless Bill of Rights - all it does is protect criminals and foster anti-social self indulgence. The only right we have to privacy in a state run by libtards is solitary confinement.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • 300Lbs Gorilla

        Libtards? There was never a greater assault on the rights of Americans than the patriot act, created and enacted under Bush under the cover of protecting our freedoms. How ironic.

        April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Bertrand Dore

      The goal of this article is not about you and any other none criminal out there. The purpose of journalist is to expose flaws in the system to help the engineer realise that they have a problem and that REAL criminals could take advantage of it.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • John

      Do you have curtains on your windows? Why? Are you doing something illegal in there? You're a moron!

      April 30, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Idiot savant

      Ask the guy in the North West whose fingerprints "matched" evidence found after the Madrid bombings. He hadn't done anything yet came pretty close to life in Gitmo – never to be heard of again.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Nonimus

      Unless I'm doing something wrong, why should the government need to know where or who I am?

      April 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Nonimus

      @Pamela Hanley,
      "Who cares if you get put on the no fly list because your friend wears a towel on their head as they get out of the shower."

      lol, can I use that one?

      April 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  20. ricardo

    "Wanna" is not a word. The words to use are "want to". As a "journalist" you should use proper English and not use words that are not in the dictionary.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply
    • John

      From oxford dictionary online: Wanna (informal) contraction: want to, want a.

      Hope this helps

      April 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
      • APPLE ANTICHRIST

        All dictonaries note slang versions of words and denotes the difference. Hope THAT helps you arrogant wad of pig sick

        April 30, 2012 at 9:58 am |
      • Idiot savant

        I suppose it depends upon whether you consider dictionaries to be descriptive or prescriptive – most people consider them descriptive.

        April 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Mike Rotchitches

      First it's good to know the grammar police are on the job. Second, "wanna" is a word, albeit informal English.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
      • why

        "Wanna" is not a word a professional should be using. It makes a person sound like they are 10 years old.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:24 am |
      • Det. Ricky Bobby

        I know I feel safer when their on the job. Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • saganhill

      If you read the story and the context in which he was using the word "wanna", there was nothing wrong in using that "slang". Get over it.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • david e.

      Your pedantic reply is much more annoying than the use of common slang.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Who approved this for release? Very poor work!

      April 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      You "gotta" point, but I hate that darn space bar

      April 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  21. mdupoise

    This article is interesting. However the use of cameras in PUBLIC spaces ensures that people behave as they should. What the shame is, is that people dont behave and therefore facilitate the use of cameras to make sure they can be held accountable for thier actions. I have a camera system up on my property and its what you dont see that reassures me. If everyone behaves around my property then I have no reason to review the footage, if they dont behave then, then I've got you. Frankly Id rather just be polite and respect each other but until they do, the cameras stay up and ON.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:58 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

      You make a lot of assumptions in your comment. Just because YOU use your cameras one way doesn’t mean others will. I’m a left leaning moderate and even I can see the potential for abuse here. Comments like > ensures that people behave as they should< are very dangerous. I’m sure you mean this in a benign if not naive sort of way. However how Santorum feels you SHOULD behave and how Civil Rights activists feel you SHOULD behave are very different.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • sumday

      The problem becomes when a few control what behavior they want to impose. Look at how behavior has changed in the past 100yrs- now imagine you could dictate and control entire populations behavior. There are some gullible people who would believe this would be benevolent, but history has a 100 percent record of this turning to malevolent uses. Don't think conspiracy of me and others for using 6,000yr of recorded history and human nature to form our opinion/fear. You can believe in evolution if you want but we humans have not evolved enough to not abuse this technology for frightening purposes. Even you admitted to spying and dictating what you want to happen on your property- do you not think that those who run this world (and the politicians who do their work) look at countries/world as their own too- and thus want to control it solely by their reasoning and what is acceptable to them- just like you do on you property?

      April 30, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
  22. JGallagher Average American

    Wow i already have to deal with intrusive & nosy cops now i have to live in a terminantor movie. I'm not a criminal but i would like to go someone were without the government & local biz watching my way home. Its to late for change its to late for everyone technolgy is now our brother . Lets get use to big brother .. What next manless flying drones that hand out speeding tickets ????

    April 30, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • Daryl Revok

      its only a matter of time before cheap portable "emp" devices are created, basically making all electronic devices within a certian radius of your person useless....not to say a camera half a mile a way on a sky scraper cant zoom in on you though!!

      April 30, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
      • JuanAr

        Interesting concept. You walk into a restaurant, and you want to disable the surveillance just because you do not want to face recognized, so you pulse your portable emp.
        The cell phones and electronic watches of everybody in the place will break, including yours and your companions'. So will the stereo equipment in the restaurant, the card reader and cash register, the electronic controls in any kitchen equipment, and probably the engine controllers in the cars parked closest to where you are.
        And you think this is a solution to something????

        April 30, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  23. kld210

    I dont know how this went from Face detection to an english quiz.

    However, I dont like a lot of things the Government does, but I have nothing to hide, and nothing to worry about so it is what it is.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • Daryl Revok

      just because the present government is more or less benign in that we have certian legal recourse we can access to protect our rights, dosnt mean all government in the future will be so "open minded". A country that trades a little liberty for a little security deserve neither, and will have neither.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
      • Prof. Ricky Bobby

        I don't buy stock in something said by a fat womanizer. Frenchie. Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  24. Timothy C

    'Another technique is to create an "anit-face," which is less terrifying than it sounds.'

    And 'Anit' is short for what exactly? Anita without the "A"? Or is the author specifically referring to Anit, the ancient Egyptian goddess and consort of Menthu? Or perhaps the Association Nationale des Intervenants en Toxicomanie. Scary stuff indeed.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
    • Seksi Vitez

      Has anyone ever told you that you lack social skills?

      April 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
  25. Alex

    Face detection is important when you want to meet people like on jottle.com, but i agree it's bad if the government uses it.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:34 am | Reply
  26. cptwayne

    Can anyone honestly say they are fully comfortable knowing that a camera is tracking their every move. If a society is so uptight about security that cameras are needed, then it is a lost society. Yes, the world, in fact, has lost it too. But, this article will just cause a new class of security ID technology to emerge based on different parameters like tattooed invisible ID numbers on your clothes or skin.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:13 am | Reply
    • mjg

      agree- You only have terror if you live in fear.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  27. Max Jitter

    Actually, this article is so technically inaccurate, it helps nobody. Not terrorists. Not all of you arrogant people who are narcissistic enough to fancy that anything you do is effective enough to command the interest of any government. Like most of CNN, it was only socially engineered to spawn popularity via flame-wars, and has nothing to do with any kind of reality.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:58 am | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      It's not the government I'm worried about. It's some random dude with a camera phone letting the whole world know where I am and when, even though we've never met. That's the guy who will tell some weird stalker where I live, tell some burglar that I'm on vacation that week, and so on.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
  28. Bill

    So basically we have to dress up like Lady Gaga to avoid being destroyed by Hal 9000.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:50 am | Reply
    • Lady Ricky Bobby

      Ra-ra, oh ma, ma!

      April 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  29. Hillman

    Please read this before posting
    You're = you are
    Your = second person possessive (your dog or your piano)
    Loose = not tight
    Lose = reduce, misplace or the opposite of win

    Example
    If you're on a diet, you will lose weight and your pants will become loose.

    They're = they are
    Their = third person plural possessive (their dog or their piano)
    There = not here

    Example
    They're over there with their dog.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
    • Mike

      S T F U, H i l l m a n.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:29 am | Reply
    • JoeyE

      what your problem when you said to someone STFU? chill out btw i hate to say BUT i AGREE what this person said.. since you're all people using those words without proper is showing us how dumb we are.. use a properly english will help!

      April 30, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
      • Dennis

        Joey, What is properly english ? Proofread your S * * T before you heckle someone

        April 30, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Michael

      Good communication is when one can simply and clearly convey information to another in the proper context. If your mind is too narrow to accept another's way of successful communication you don't have much of a mind.....So please save your spell checker cr@p for your second grade students that listen to you because they have to.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
      • Joe

        Incorrect spelling is not another way of communicating. It's a distracting, improper form of communication that weakens the message and shows lack of education and effort. It also shows why America is losing it's edge .

        April 30, 2012 at 7:35 am |
      • RickInNY

        You're part of the problem. When you accept stupidity as "successful communication" you are rewarding failure, period. The above poster is right, this is America's downfall. No wonder we're ranked like 35th in the world in education. We should be first, and it embarrasses me that we're not.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • Anonymous Coward

        My cat can communicate extremely well. He lets me know exactly what he wants, within his domain of interest (food, belly rubs, a lap to sit in, out of the cat carrier RIGHT NOW, etc.). That doesn't mean I consider him to be an effective speaker, or even more intelligent than a moderately smart house cat. There is more to communication than just making it possible for the person on the other end to decode what you're trying to say.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • Anonymous Coward

        Joe, I have to point this out: you meant "its" edge.

        Possessives do not use apostrophes. His, hers, its.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:49 am |
      • Prof. Ricky Bobby

        Joe and Rick – if you're gonna bust on his post, fix your grammar mistakes. @anon – if you are looking for effective speakers, I wouldn't search internet comment forums. Just sayin'. Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Mrs. Thing

      Thank you so much, Hillman! Why in the world didn't people learn the difference between "you're" and "your" in school? Same with "their," "there," and "they're." If people are going to leave comments, they should at least exhibit some sort of intelligence.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
      • Sciguy73

        Lazy spelling is indicitive of lazy thinking. I don't bother to read their comments if they can't be bothered to spell properly.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:26 am |
      • Prof. Ricky Bobby

        They should leave "intelligent comments"? How long have you been reading internet forum comment sections?? Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Irishfae

      One way to measure the intelligence of a poster is his/her ability to spell and use grammatically correct English. We all make typing errors, but repeated patterns of misuse indicate an undereducated person, most likely a very young one. If you haven't read enough to learn the basics, I'm certain you haven't read enough to post on the subject.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
      • Dennis

        Did you run your comment through the MS Word spell & Grammar check ?

        April 30, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

      The spell check police have small epeens.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • RickInNY

        Says the "man" with a small brain~

        April 30, 2012 at 8:29 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        Aww looks like I hit a nerve.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • Ricky Bobby

        RickInNY – stop measuring Tom's head! Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  30. Daniel

    Or if all else fails, you could simply turn your face away from the camera. Wow who'd have thought of that???

    April 30, 2012 at 4:34 am | Reply
    • Ron

      your an idiot

      April 30, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
      • Budster90

        *You're* the idiot – learn English.

        April 30, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • laughing

      wow so smart you are indeed. The one visible is the one to trick you and the 500 other cameras are the ones you face away too ??? smart indeed.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:04 am | Reply
      • Dennis

        People People, just spray the stuff on your face that keeps cameras from taking a picture of your license plate. Should give you a glossy film that messes up the camera.

        April 30, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  31. Fritz Hohenheim

    The thing that scares me most is the compliance of the public in America. While in Europe people are very concerned about their privacy, here everybody seems to be willing to give it up in the name of "security". Seems to me the land of the free has moved on to take residency elsewhere.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
    • JP

      I've always thought that people who concern themselves about privacy have something to hide. Personally, I don't care, for example, if someone happens to read my medical records and discovers that I have a wort on my ass.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:26 am | Reply
      • Jeg

        Well, if you have nothing to hide, you won't mind if I take a look around your house as well. Maybe I'll root through your drawers and closets, and I'll check all your emails on your computer as well. As long as you have nothing to hide, that is.

        April 30, 2012 at 5:37 am |
      • stateschool

        Sheep like you are the problem.

        April 30, 2012 at 6:19 am |
      • Anonymous Coward

        What if a prospective employer looks at your medical records and discovers that you have high blood pressure? Or that your father had a form of cancer known to run in families, so there's a higher probability that you will too? Do you want employment decisions being based on that? Even if the employer in question is wrong about how he thinks your real or potential medical conditions will affect your job performance or the expense of employing you?

        April 30, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • LakeRat1

      Is there something wrong with me because i'm not paranoid?
      No. this is what it feels like to be free.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        @ LakeRat1
        Ignorance is bliss.Cattle are all too happy to follow the herd right into the slaughter house.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Anonymous Coward

      Those who trade essential liberty for a little temporary security will have neither.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
      • Prof. Ricky Bobby

        That is a horrible para-phrasing of the fat, womanizing, French-lover. Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  32. Andragogy

    Since cameras, body scans, and facial recognition keep us safe, I'm sure those who are all for this kind of "safety" won't mind cavity searches to keep them safe. You never know where criminals, terrorists, or illegals might be hiding. They could have infiltrated your cavity and we need to make sure they aren't in there partying it up.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  33. yahmez the mad

    This will make anyone that dresses up for eighties nights at nightclubs get an NSA and FBI file.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  34. scrapmetal

    I'm so glad I have no social media accounts. "Oh no I have to wear a mask out to this party, I don't want to get tagged in any photos and have the whole facebook world see me doing...."
    Why don't get a SHEEP costume and wear that to the party?

    April 30, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      The problem isn't what social media accounts YOU have; it's what the other guy at the party - yeah, that drunk dude holding his iPhone upside down - has. Congratulations, you're on Facebook now, and you don't even need an account of your own. Your privacy is in the hands of a guy with a lampshade on his head.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  35. toadears

    So this explains all these crazy fashions finally

    April 30, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
  36. Jimmy

    Umm...no thanks. It's hardly worth the sacrifice of walking around looking like an idiot just to avoid face detection.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • ishiibrad

      Don`t worry jimmy,everybody thinks you`re an idiot anyways !

      April 30, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
      • Nick

        You sure showed him, man

        April 30, 2012 at 3:59 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

      I agree with ishii

      April 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • Senator Ricky Bobby

        I agree with Nick.

        April 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  37. Scott

    Have to wonder why people are so paranoid....
    Do you really think everyone is stalking everyone else?

    April 30, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • Raymo

      It only takes one. And if that one is backed up by a massive prison system that gets paid by the inmate. Well, ...

      April 30, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      No, only the government are.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      It doesn't take "everyone"; it only takes one person. Back before the days of the Internet, I was stalked. The details are neither here nor there, but even after I left town with no forwarding address (really) to lose him, I still slept with a weapon for years afterward. And that was back when it was hard.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  38. Sam monie

    In the future, there will be no more privacy , the big brothers will know where you go, which websites you visit, even who is your date; they may know you more than you know yourselves.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • Hal12000

      i'm scared. maybe we should do something about this like punch the perpetraters in their privates or something. i'm not sure i want to do the whole paranoia thing but, if anyone thinks this is close to true, maybe we should do something about it. i think a good punch in their privates will teach 'em.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • ken

      ha, no privacy in the furture? Don't fool yourself they already do. Game Over! Thank a terrorist folks,they brought this on us all.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • bryanbeus

        Many 'terrorists' think of themselves as freedom fighters—just as colonial Americans did during the Revolutionary War.

        April 30, 2012 at 12:28 am |
      • TheWhyteMaN

        You think that "terrorists" are responsible for the loss of our privacy? You are behind the curve my friend. The people taking our rights away are responsible. You need to start watching the people that govern you and read your history books.

        April 30, 2012 at 12:57 am |
      • Sheila

        Big business is responsible losing our privacy. They track us to market to us. They keep huge databases to market to us. It is from these that that the technology is inspired and financied. Now that governement has picked it up for security reasons, we have lost any hope of winning our privacy back. Corporate America and the American Government will not lose this one. Not a smidgen. Call yourself by your social security number, cus that's what they are doing.

        And yes, corporations are actively using chips implanted in persons' arms to clear them for security. Has been going on for a few years. New world order and our right to privacy has no place in it. Neither do a handful of our other liberties.

        April 30, 2012 at 1:09 am |
      • stateschool

        We brought this on ourselves by giving up our rights in the name of safety.

        April 30, 2012 at 6:23 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        @ bryanbeus
        Colonial Americans weren’t traveling to England to kill innocent civilians. Moron.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:30 am |
      • Anonymous Coward

        It's not the terrorists; it's the response to the terrorists (or, more accurately, the response, not to terrorism, but to terror).

        By way of comparison, let's say you have one person who usually remembers to lock the doors at night. Their neighbor has three locks on every door, bars on the windows, a monitored alarm system, and a fence with spikes around their place. Did the local burglars "cause" either one to do what they did? No ... it's all in the hands of the individuals. One person decided the risk of burglary was low enough that he could live normally, and the other one decided it was so high that he had to take extreme precautions, but they're both responding to exactly the same thing. You don't blame "the burglars" when the guy shoots your dog (or your kid) for looking through his fence; you blame HIM, because he's the one who had all the choices in the situation. It's only people who are trying to avoid responsibility for their own actions and their own choices who cry "Look what you made me do!"

        April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Caiha

      There is no privacy right now. However, you have to have pretty inflated ego to think anyone gives a rat's behind about you in particular. That's why I don't care. Sure, everything I do can be observed, but I'm not important enough that anyone's actually looking, hehe, and 99.99% neither are you.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        You are so right… it could never happen to me.. that kind of thing only happens to other people! /bbbaaahhhh

        April 30, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • transjakarta ancur

      I agree. I even think that at the moment the intelligent satellite is actually monitoring all off our activities. There are secrets kept by the big countries and not shared publicly.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
  39. shumck

    omg u fucs get a life already

    April 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  40. Steve

    This is a great article for the terrorist to read and learn how to go undetected. Dumb!

    April 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      Yep, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. I guess you wouldn't mind if the police searched your harddrive, you sound like a good citizen after all

      April 30, 2012 at 3:28 am | Reply
    • pntkl

      Seems like an article designed to have more people try the techniques in places like airports where they are using CV algorithms; to try and improve imperfect algorithms. In other words, the more people evading it, the more samples to test and perfect detection, even with evasive expressions.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      Any terrorist who has no better way of learning his craft than reading CNN blog posts doesn't worry me in the slightest.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • Det. Ricky Bobby

      I think we will be able to detect a terrorist who looks like the people in these pictures. Shake and bake!

      April 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  41. Rangerdos

    The government can't even make sure people pay their taxes or that everyone is a legal immigrant, do you really think they care what the individual does? They have a hard time finding the 10 most wanted... Do the math...

    April 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  42. washer

    This is quite possibly the most pointless article I have read in a long time

    April 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • BK

      On the contrary; the point of this article was to get people to read it, which we apparently did.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • Aoxomoxoa

      Almost as pointless a response that says it's pointless. i.e. your response was pointless.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
      • Messier

        And yet not nearly as pointless as it was to point out how pointless his pointless remark was regarding the pointless article, don't you think?

        April 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Messier

      You must be new here.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
      • Heather

        Haha, good one! CNN is full of Israeli propaganda and other random nonsense. Real news don't make it here.

        April 30, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  43. Tiffany

    Sadly, today, kids already wear their hair like this...

    April 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Paulie

      “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”
      ― George Orwell, 1984

      April 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • BK

        Well, 1984, people knew they were being oppressed before democracy even existed as a concept, so I'd assume they'd still know even if democracy as a concept was obliterated.

        April 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
      • Hal12000

        is everybody serious about this one? i find this all very disturbing. especially the people who don't seem to care and accept this. all i can say is i hope and pray this isn't true. if so, then abandon all hope ye who enter here. i hope this stuff isn't even close to true.

        April 30, 2012 at 12:04 am |
      • Prof. Ricky Bobby

        "before democracy even existed as a concept"? Someone should re-read the cliff notes. Shake and bake!

        April 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • alien

      apparently, you didn't live through the 80's.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Joshl

      ahahahahaha so true

      April 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  44. first they came

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • MarcNJ

      The Jews run the world, the unions are working for the Jews and the communist are there to bring all your information to the Jews. Next.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
      • Rangerdos

        Runout meds again, huh?

        April 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • OhConservatives

        Even odds this Looney Tune voted for Chris Christie and doesn't realize why that makes him a complete clown.

        April 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
      • Bob

        False, false, and false.

        April 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Anonymous Coward

      Credit the source: Reverend Martin Niemoeller. He survived WWII, but just barely, after they came for him.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  45. AdamHarveyQuackery

    All the "watchers" have to do is "press a button" to capture your face makeup. Thn, your "tattoes" are recognizable. In reality – "30-year-old" Adam Harvey is another fake. Don't listen to him. Yo would have to continually MORPH your facial features to stay "unknown" to the computer – and in that case – why even live? Just lay back and enjoy it Aemrica. You're getting F'd.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Paulie

      It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called. – (from 1984) by George Orwell

      April 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Ricky Bobby

      Badger costumes. Impenterable, and fashionable!

      April 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  46. RawOnions

    Because of the abuse of technology and the lack of decent government/politicians, this country will be unrecognizable in a hundred years. Freedoms we once had will be just dreams for the future generations. We will be watched, monitored, probed and scrutinized. It's already begun.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • AmerikaTheUgly

      IN 100 years? We're already unrecognizable..

      April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Darrell

      Really think we have a Hundred Years Left? Look Around!

      April 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Toonces

      yah, thought I'd reiterate the 100 years point. In case you haven't noticed, our civil liberties have already been taken away. This is not the country it used to be. Sad.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • thislittlepiggywentweeweewee

      "the lack of decent government/politicians"

      The Great Experiment put power into the hands of the people, the electorate. It's the failure of the electorate that has brought about the government we have, and the lack of worthy leaders.

      For example, the biggest tragedy about GWB's two terms was that he was merely a reflection of the nation itself. The people of the U.S. ARE George Walker Bush. That's the most bitter pill to swallow.

      America, you've made your bed.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Go the ACLU site you will see it's already becoming a police nation. They just passed a bill in the house to STOP PROTESTORS or they get 10 year imprisonment. So the only ones able to reach Washington anymore will be the rich to whisper in the ear of the thug/rock star/ fake politicians.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        The ACLU us as creditable as PETA.

        April 30, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  47. sure, go ahead, own my ass

    Anything that can be used by gov't can also be used by private individuals, if they want it enough to pay for it. And...

    Big Brother has an ideology that's always evolving. We don't know yet what machinations such tech will be used for.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  48. Jeff

    What's really going to be the fad in the future is for everyone to get plastic surgery to look just like John Doe. Then they'll have no idea of who is who... Instead of Beatniks, Hippies, Punks or Goths, it will now be Does. Of course is will be real easy to tell if someone is one of Does people. You just won't know which one.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • gregreq

      check out the movie V for vendeta

      April 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • AllLookAlike

      The Chinese already did this. I can't tell any of them apart.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
      • thislittlepiggywentweeweewee

        Stupid racist.

        April 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son

        lol

        April 30, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  49. go for broke

    World Liberation Day, May 5th/6th, at the moment of the exact full moon.

    Worldwide visualization event to free the world of the central bankers. Research online for details.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  50. Me

    Great cause iv been kicked out of casinos for counting cards. So iv been waiting for something like this for a long time cause no matter witch one I walk into they won't let me play. Basterds

    April 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • KT

      I think it should be illegal for them to refuse service to someone that isn't cheating in some manner. Playing odds using your own human brain power is not cheating. It's being smart. They sure don't tell someone that's too drunk or too stupid to count to 21 that they should maybe find another game to play or quit since they've lost everything they've ever owned.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • CasinosAreCrooked

      Casinos will "change the rules" adhoc to defeat your winning. In one casino, I was told I could not bet $6 on a 11-to-1 bet, only $5 increments. Where's that rule I asked? I was met by four Russina-looking pit bosses who told me, "You can't bet $6." They were probably ready to torture me. YOU SHOULD KNOW – When you are on a casino property YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT'S REACH. THEY OWN YOU. BEHAVE or get taken to the "back room."

      April 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • jbksadf

        Hahaha. You were playing at a table that paid 6to5 on blackjacks, this makes it very hard to pay out bets that aren't in increments of $5 thats why casinos that have this type of table do not allow it. It is very common is has nothing to do with the casion trying to screw you, and logically how could it? Although playing on tables on which bj pays 6to5 is a very stupid idea to begin with as it reduces the player odds significantly. Do you understand now buddy?

        April 30, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Count de Cards

      The trick to counting cards is to occasionally make a bomeheaded bet that costs you a few dollars. Also, don't get greedy...nice and slow...make a few grand...thank the dealer by tipping him/her a $25 chip...cash out and leave.

      You can always come back a day or so later and repeat the entire scenario. Winning a couple grand every few days will eventually add up.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  51. Don

    Technology is not the answer to the worlds problems. It produces pollution and pseudo-convenience only. It will not solve the problems that have plagued us for thousands of years now. Only collective will, determination and purpose will help us solve the problems that we must overcome in this country and around the world. As I look around me today all I see is division. No house divided will stand and all the defensive posturing on the part of a citizenry will do no good. Defensive posturing will only make the calamities to come even bloodier. It is cooperation among neighbors with a glad hand that matters and little else.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  52. ThinkerBell

    Just forget about all those high tech for anti this or that, just go the old fashion ways. you don't want to be recognize by a camera, then just use a good pair of wire cutters and a good hammer, that can fix the problem for good.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • jon

      Thanks. That was my first real laugh of the day! :)

      April 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
      • jaramie

        hehehehehehehe works :D

        April 30, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  53. your mama

    i got a ar drone and iam going to buy a 3 mile wifi antenna watch out people!

    April 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  54. Daïly ÏBlog

    Haha, it was this easy to evade 6 months probation. I wish I knew earlier

    April 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  55. Michael

    So, basically anyone who sporting that hairstyle or facepaint should just be arrested on the spot because they're obviously hiding something.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Cosmicsnoop

      So, basically, you don't know the law at all or would you rather live in a dictatorship?

      April 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  56. Pete

    Curse that bank robber! He wore a little triangle on his cheek to screw up our computer face recognition! It's not as if we can photoshop that off before feeding it to the program! Wait...

    April 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  57. John Fitz

    The images look as if the person has been beaten up with a baseball bat, so maybe the best way to avoid detection is to get yourself beaten up with a baseball bat before going out. Having a limp from having your knees whacked would also disturb the 'walk-patterning detectors'. I'm sure there would be lots of people willing to supply this beating up service for a small fee. This is what the future is about...innovation, & smart small business savvy.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  58. Dante

    or...you could just behave yourself...then no-one will want to search for your face...

    April 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • tim normandin

      BAAAAAAAA!

      April 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      "or...you could just behave yourself...then no-one will want to search for your face..."

      So all the people who are stalked by disturbed individuals could have avoided that problem by "behaving themselves"?

      April 30, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
  59. Dennis

    Wow. You all live in a sad Orwellian and narcissistic world if you REALLY think the government wants to track YOU! You morons have been talking about the coming "police state" since, what, the 60's?? The damage of the drugs you have done have obviously taken a toll on your paranoia turning you into wack jobs like that survivalist in Washington that just off'd himself.

    Anyone who tapes crap to their face or looks like the people in the picture would actually draw MORE attention to themselves in public. Which would be horrible, because, you know, everyone is a secret government agent watching you!!

    April 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • ET

      For dumb Americans only...... FACEBOOK

      April 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • tomnikoly

        Cell phones too.

        April 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • DNA

      You don't think direct marketing by identifying you in a public place is possible? Image advertisements directed right at you in a mall or grocery store that know what you were surfing last night ...
      videoscreen: "MR. DENNIS! HOW WAS THAT TACO BELL LAST NIGHT!?! IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION MEDICATION, LOOK NO FURTHER!!!"
      dennis: "Shhhhh SHHHHHHHHH"
      videoscreen: "MR. DENNIS! TO GIVE UP THE LAST OF YOUR PRIVACY, CLICK THE SHINY BUTTON!!!"
      dennis: *click*

      April 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Paulie

      Do you know what e-verify is? The government does want to track people. They created a huge data center to do this in Utah. The IRS wants to track individuals for certain with Obamacare looming. The Obama administration wants to make sure the government gets its extortion money.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
      • jon

        What a load of crap.

        April 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
      • yahmez the mad

        I am a rabid proponent of E-Verify, to check for the immigration status of job seekers. Fining the companies that hire illegal aliens is much less intrusive on civil rights than pulling over everyone that looks like a Mexican.

        April 30, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Talmonis

      Who said government? I know I didn't. Frankly, I'm more worried about corporations using it to blacklist prospective employees. You know, like they're doing with Social media sites.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
  60. Marcia

    The problem with this is that it will be outdated and new programs to fill the gap are being tried out already, or will soon be. a slip in a program is filled almost as soon as it is noticed. Gives you about 6 months to play with the slip if ...

    April 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  61. maggotfist

    This is good stuff, thanks for the ammo against Big Brother.

    April 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • ET

      We built this tech fruit cakes not how it works.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • ET

      CNN please be sure to update readers on how to build home made nukes ... This will be very popular with this bunch also be sure to ad the new airborn virus method, sure people would love to read about it try it out.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  62. Kingofthenet

    Robert Clayton Dean: What the hell is happening?
    Brill: I blew up the building.
    Robert Clayton Dean: Why?
    Brill: Because you didn't hide the bridge of your nose.

    April 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  63. John

    Face detection is so unreliable and old-school. We need to start planting next-generation brain-electrode/RFID chips in all people's brains. Only when we can track everyone's every thoughts and movements from cradle to grave will we be safe. Then, by golly, we can go and find all dictionaries and obliterate the word "trust" wherever it occurs, so that no-one will suspect things were ever any different.

    April 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • ET

      So simple beyond funny. There is a major flaw in the tech. same with body scanners ....

      April 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  64. coco

    I am sertain that the terrorist of the world, and specially from the UK, will thank you.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • NA1001

      "Especially." Especially from the UK. If you're going to make silly statements, please check your grammar.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • Peggy K

        In your haste you missed "sertain". Wow – get a life. Oops, don't bother commenting on the extra space between a and life...I got it.

        April 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • lisambw

        SERTAINLY (sic) not something that's "specially" important to this person, huh?

        April 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • David DeForge

      English, try it.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • maggotfist

      Well, while we are hacking apart this ESL's butchery...

      "Terrorist(S)" Plural

      April 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  65. Billy

    Wow, good job cnn, I am sure the next person who breaks through security and kills a ton of people will thank you for this super advice!

    April 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      I fear the world it seems you want to live in...

      April 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • patiat

      Still living the myth that this technology is designed primarily to help US?

      April 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • mikemcgarry

      Wow! Is living in that kind of fear really worth even living????
      Or are you some some dweeb that works for a "security" company trying to keep people in fear so they will put up with losing all of their freedoms?

      April 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      The bad guys can figure this stuff out easily. They don't need help.

      It's the good guys - especially the people who just don't want some program automatically identifying them in that picture some weird dude at the party last weekend took - who want to retain their privacy.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • lisambw

      I'm fairly certain that anyone whose goal is to "break through security and kill a ton of people" will find a way, with or without face-recognition technology, Homeland Security or TSA confiscation of water bottles.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
      • lisambw

        OOPS! Got an error message so I wrote another post and whaddya know, there's my first! Where's the "remove" or "delete this post" button?

        April 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • lisambw

      Fairly certain that anyone whose goal is to "break through security and kill tons of people" will find a way to do so; face-detection technology, TSA-confiscated water bottles and Homeland Security will NOT stop them.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  66. GC59

    Of course hiding your face emplies you have something more to hide. All of your information is available anyway. Could it be that face recognition could be used to deter crime? You can forget privacy, there is none! As for putting anything on facebook or Google Plus, forget it. I don't bother with those stupid sites anyway. If I want to talk to them I either call them or send a plain old email.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • geckopelli

      CLUE: The 21st century has arrived.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      NEVER, EVER use Facebook, etc. for anything..

      April 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • tomnikoly

        Then don't use a cell phone and for true anonymity stay off the internet altogether.

        April 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • hillbilleter

        Especially don't use any communication device except a phone that's physically wired into your home's wall and thence to a pole outside your house. They have to physically tap that. But really, NSA etc. is so overwhelmed with the data they collect from all of us that they don't even have the time to go through it. There's so much info that it's like they don't even have it in the first place.

        April 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
      • Anonymous Coward

        @hillbilleter, no they don't. They haven't had to (despite all the dramatic visuals in the spy movies) for many years. Today, nearly all phone service is essentially VoIP between central offices, and all anyone who wants to listen to your phone calls needs to do is request duplicates of whatever is going through the switching computer. It's much easier than sending someone up a pole, even if it doesn't look as good in the movies.

        April 30, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  67. Barada

    The WWI camouflage referred to was called Razzle Dazzle. It was designed to confound the range finders on German
    U-Boat periscopes. They also painted fake bow waves on the ships so the Germans could not estimate the speed of the ship.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  68. Shome

    Why would you hide your face unless you've done something wrong. Then again why does the media keep telling people how to do the things like make drugs, bombs, steal and etc. Some secrets should be kept secret.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Why would anyone want privacy? What?

      April 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Some times its the people with the cams that have done wrong and wish to do more wrong!

      April 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • theAntiELVIS

      Why would you think your government may not decide your "crime" is you don't think the right things, don't vote for the right people, have the wrong religion, or perhaps engage in your right to free speech and free assembly a little too freely?

      Also this technology isn't just used for law enforcement and security. Any time anyone posts an image of you on the Internet face recognition is used to attempt to automatically indentify you and associate your name with the image so it can be searched for.

      Security systems are beginning to use it to profile those who walk in the doors – often to identify known criminals – but since the technology isn't accurate, what happens if you just sort-of look like a known criminal?

      Your comment implies you believe in being "sheeple". I believe the government is subordinate to the people, and our rights come before its paranoia.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  69. Shell

    I realized there isn't an expectation of privacy in public, but how far are is this going to go before it is "1984." To those who say "if you're doing nothing 'wrong' you have nothing to worry about," just keep putting your head in the sand about the rights you're giving up, and the power you're handing over to the govt., because they would NEVER abuse it, right? By all means, keep giving up your rights and living in fear, like the good little sheep the govt. wants you to be.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Yeah, the problem with this type of technology it it's ability to be abused en-masse. I don't care if homeland security follows a suspected criminial, but when they can track the activities of everybody, it's too big of a tool for targeted malicious activity. It's just too easy. It's important to use resources to gather intelligence. Otherwise the cost of fascism goes down exponentially.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Patricia

      Gubmint? You're worried about the gubmint? Who do think is using this technology.? It's America, Inc., not the gubmint. If you've bought into this Republican right wing nut scam, you haven't a clue.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  70. theAntiELVIS

    I don't care if images of my face are detected – I just don't want them to be collected in a database and used for comparison to identify me. So on the Internet all my portraits are distorted using an image editor to alter the width and height of my features. To a human I'm still recognizable – but a machine would think an undistorted image of me is someone else.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  71. Byrd

    Upload multiple pictures of trees, shrubbery, cartoons, etc and call them yourself. Other people's faces help to confuse it as well.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  72. Larry

    For all you who think there is some huge conspiracy out there, relax, have some wine and get over yourselves. Our government isn't watching us cause we're collectively not that interesting. They don't care what we do because if they cared, that would show concern. They spend our money on themselves, not to make life better for us. Sit back and just let them do what they will. Or, you could stop posting dumb a$$ conspiracy theories and vote them out office. Of course, all we are left with is evil and lesser evil. What I long for are statesmen. People who cared about us little guys. All we are left with are politicians. As everyone knows, all politicians lie. Some are just better at it than others.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • twang

      Our government has more information on its citizens than the KGB ever dreamed of

      April 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  73. Dr.Jeckyl

    If you are not up to nm good why should you have to be cocerned? I personally feel a little safer being in a public place knowing that there are cameras being used.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Will Jamison

      So you you wouldn't mind the police pulling you over for no reason or dropping by your house for a little "look around" whenever they just feel like it? Because you are...you know.....not doing anything wrong. Hmmm?

      April 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • SPW

        How often have you had police poke around your home for no reason? I would move out of that neighborhood, sounds like a bad place.

        I agree with the poster, you shouldn't be worried if you don't have anything to hide. They use these scanners to look for high profile criminals, not to do house calls whenever they please.

        April 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • Smarter than You

        @SPW it's the same principle as the cameras.. It's called violating privacy.

        April 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Anonymous Coward

        SPW, if you have nothing to hide, why are you not posting with your full name, location, etc?

        April 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Terry

      Will your definition and the government's definition of no good always agree?

      [knock on door] "You don't have any incandescent lightbulbs or trans-fats in there, do you sir?"

      April 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Andragogy

      You won't mind if some agents do a little cavity search on you just for fun. After all, you say you have nothing to hide but we just want to keep you safe, especially the area within the cavity we are searching. We need to make sure there aren't any terrorists or evidence leading to their whereabouts within your cavity.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:21 am | Reply
  74. NihilismWasRight

    Oh, how I hate the government.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  75. Joe

    This is why I have no photo's on Facebook, or anywhere. Also I will not join Google Plus!

    April 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Yeah right

      Irrelevant...they have you on data bases everywhere, every loan you take out, every street camera you walk by, credit cards, purchases you make...seriously you are worried about Google and Face book...too late for that, it's done! LOL

      April 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • CptObvious

      You're not alone... nobody else will join Google Plus either.

      #zing

      April 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Joe.
      I recognize your name from work. I'm going to post a picture of you from the Christmas party last year and label it "Joe". You are no longer anonymous.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  76. SPW

    This is like thinking fingerprints and dental records are the only way to identify someone, unless you completely obscure your face they can identify you. The technology is much more advance than putting some facepaint on your cheeks and thinking you can get away from the scan when usually they don't even take into account your skin but rather your facial structure

    April 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • SPW

      To explain further, when they scan your image they take the measurements gathered from the photo and map it on a 3d model (Like a video game) which then looks for resemblances with other people in the database

      when you obscure your face with glasses, they scanner will look for accurate matches using your mouth, nose, ear, and forehead shape. From there it can remove your glasses and fill in the eyes and eyebrows on its own.

      April 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  77. Clear and Present Thinker

    This is hype for either a line of makeup or a trash conspiracy novel. As others have noted above, technology has surpassed the preventative measures propounded in the article. Whatever you do to hide from the computer will make you obvious to the beat cop (if you can find one.)

    April 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  78. JOE THE TEABAGGER -- BUMLICK, ARKANSAS

    I HAVE TRUBLE WITH THEM FACIAL RECOGNITION THINGS CUZ THE DOCTOR SAYS MY FACE IS "AYE-SEMMETRICAL" BECAUSE MY DADDY IS ALSO MY GRANDADDY

    April 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Merle

      unbeliveable! That is I don't believe your troll schtick. If you wish to discredit the Teaparty by all means join them as they are fading away, anyway. If you are getting paid for discrediting the Teaparty, you are not working out if this is your best offer.

      April 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
      • Will

        The term is "ridicule", not "discredit". As in, I'm ridiculing them for feigning outrage against Obama, even though he's functionally identical to Bush except that he supported some limpwristed half-measure of a health care bill (which is identical to the one Romney endorsed in Massachusetts... and yet they're not waving signs portraying Romney as an African witch doctor, go figure).

        Romney and Obama are identical policy-wise, and in all other matters, except for the fact that Obama's black. These "tea partiers" portray Obama as the antichrist and Romney as a savior. Now tell me, if they're identical except for skin color, and the tea partiers hate the black guy but love the white guy, then WHY do you think they hate the black guy other than because of his skin color?

        April 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  79. buffalo

    Avoid detection? Stay in your ratty dorm-like apartment, eat Cheetos all day, grow a neck-beard and wear what you consider to be an "ironic" T-Shirt over your rolls of white blubber. Surgical scrubs, if you wear pants at all. Then post snarky and snippy little comments on various "Comments" sections wherever you can find them.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Auto-biographical?

      April 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  80. aaron

    great, something else for the jews to use to control us

    April 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Hellifuknow

      Says the man named "Aaron"

      April 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  81. Joe Sixpack

    None of this will do you any good on the street. Iris scanning technology is available today that can identify you from 30 ft even if you are wearing sunglasses. Scanners can be installed in streetlights and identify you as you drive by in your car.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • physnchips

      What? Where do you get this idea from?

      April 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  82. Omar Al Bashir

    Is that a DSL line/phone cord plugged into the girl's head in the picture above? I think I saw her crunchy granola head at an OWS demonstration. I miss college.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Hillbilly Jobob from Alabama

      IS DAT DER ONE OF DEM YANKYS WHO WANT TO TAKE UR GUNS AND FORCE US TO WORSHIP ALLAH/DARWIN WITH THEIR "BIG WORDS" AND FANCY BOOK LERNIN

      TME TO GO TO THE TEA BAGGER RALLY AND PROTEST THE YANKEE MUSLIM KENYAN ATHIEST MEXICAN AFRICAN PRESIDENT WITH HIS JUJU MAGICKS

      April 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        I think I understand your words but next time don't write them in "Super Fly". May people will actually give your ideas a thought. Would you fill out a resume like that?

        April 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  83. Fiona

    Even if you elude facial recognition, you can be spotted by the way you move. Everyone has a characteristic gait, a way of holding the shoulders, etc. I just assume that any time I'm out in public, or in a commercial establishment, I may be filmed.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  84. Bill

    I miss the days when you could punch d-bags in the face for making comments like this.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  85. Kevin

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: '1984' was *NOT* supposed to be a "how to" manual!

    April 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  86. danielwalldammit

    interesting piece. I didn't know how these worked.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  87. Susan

    This is actually pretty cool. It reminds me of a science fiction book, where new fashions are dictated by things like this. I hope it flies and we all get to wear really crazy things like described. Although – probably computers will be programmed quickly to figure this out as well. It's almost like a little arms race.

    April 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  88. uglybugger

    My mother and grandmother had little pillbox hats with a "fishnet" veil that pulled down over their faces. What about reviving those, with the veil made up of unidirectional lines that are invisible when looked at straight on, but become opaque when viewed from above (i.e., the angle of the cameras)?

    April 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • Mysticlady

      Good idea

      April 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Fiona

      You may have a business there...but it sounds a little too much like "tinfoil hats".

      April 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • zach

      A good thought, but it would be easily broken by a low-pass filter.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  89. Thomas Shafovalaoff

    None of you people have caught the neighbor with a remote camera in his back yard monitoring your house and gaining access to the ADT to monitor your movement within. Privacy?

    April 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  90. atgc

    best method: wear a burka

    April 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Kermit the Hermit

      Stay home. Don't go out. They're watching. There's no reason to cure agoraphobia anymore!

      April 30, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
  91. ItsDaPoleece

    In case the Grammar Police and other unsatisfied commentators were too distracted by spelling and old memories of the golden age of tech journalism... I'd like to point out how this article is addressing one of the underestimated and creepiest abilities of our time. Not the future, but *right now*.

    To ignore the subject matter because the article's author is clearly appealing to a younger crowd (references to Facebook, hoodies, popped collars, Lady Gaga fashion, weekend partying, face-painting with make up, etc.) is to choose ignorance over evolution. You should be concerned more with news stories written by a biased journalist instead of a journalism technique used by a blogger to connect with his intended (or expected?) audience. This article, though seeming whimsical in its delivery, is actually seriously talking about a technology that will one day reshape society, privacy, and a huge portion of the Internet.

    It was well-written, though too short in my opinion, and I loved the fashion-aware suggestions given along with examples that definitely helped demonstrate what they were talking about.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Spencer

      Amen.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • begreen3850

      One of many things to consider as the government continues to build a surveillance network.

      April 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  92. Spencer

    Some law-abiding people still value their privacy and personal life.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  93. gabriel

    oh good.. giving advice to possible criminals and terrorists.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Ned Racine

      Keep diminishing civil liberties and see what it gets you.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Yossarian

      Oh good, concern-trolls who think any advocacy of privacy is advocacy of terrorism.

      Get a new gimmick already.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • David

        And what expectation of privacy do you have when you are in *public*? That's why it's not called 'private' when you are in 'public.'

        ...and what are you doing in public that you feel you need anonymity?

        Live right and there's no need to be paranoid of anything.

        April 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • Dave

        @ David

        Live right? By which person's standards shall we do this? Yours? Kim Jong Un's? clarification, sir! Please!

        April 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • David

        Be honest in whatever you do. Treat other people like you would like to be treated. Mom's advice was good advice. There are no laws against being honest and doing good.

        April 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • Anonymous Coward

        What am I doing in public that I want to do anonymously?

        Oh, maybe shopping in Wal-Mart. Or shopping in Bloomingdale's. I don't want my choice of stores to be broadcast to the world at large. Maybe attending a political gathering for the party of my choice. Maybe attending a protest of some sort. Or going for a walk in the woods, and not having my time and place of walking announced to all and sundry just because I was in the background of some random person's photo (talk about making it easy for the bad guys...) Maybe just going to a party and wanting it to be nobody's business but mine and the people at the party, not mine and the people at the party and that one weird dude with his iPhone and his ten thousand closest friends.

        April 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • Snap

        @David, since you have nothing to hide you should stop putting your personal correspondence in envelopes. Might as well let any mail carrier read your mail. What do you have to hide? I'm sure they'll enjoy your romantic talk with your woman, that always gives people some good entertainment.

        April 30, 2012 at 10:00 am |
      • Paul

        @David, At least you should be concerned at HOW MUCH ALL THIS STUFF COSTS! This is you tax dollars being squandered to set up, maintain and operate all this surveillance. Not to mention the vast amount of digital storage required. We have more pressing problems than to track the movements of every person on the planet.

        May 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  94. APPLE ANTICHRIST

    The reason I refuse to go onto social media is that the government and corporate america are no longer the only orwellian big brothers on the block. Now, it is your next door neighbor who can anonymously proliferate an invasion of your privacy across the known and unknown universe with one single irreversible click of a button. More and more, I grow convinced that our IP addresses are actually the mark of the beast as spoken of in the bible and Steve Jobs was the antichrist who created the global infrastructure that is the devil's work. On december 21st, the internet will die and the entire industrialized world will melt down into a cataclysmic apocalypse. The paying field will be level on all continents as we all wallow in ash. A modern version of the apocalypse. The lucky ones will die (rapture), but their facebook accounts will disappear first! Jobs chose a bitten apple as his logo for a reason. HE WAS THE ANTICHRIST and his foot soldiers of satan are Mark Zuckerberg & Ashton Kutcher!!!!!

    April 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • aaron

      Blah blah Im Crazy blah blah blah Totally Insane blah blah blah No Social blah blah blah Steve Jobs is the Anti Christ blah blahh blah blah blah blah blah did i Mention im Crazy ?

      April 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
      • aaron

        *slurp slurp slurp* Am I giving you good enough head, corporo-fascist police state? *slurp slurp lick*

        April 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • ButterSquash

        lol, the sad thing is that this person can vote.

        April 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • freid chicken

      Cool

      April 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • ButterSquash

      You refuse to go on social media? like a CNN blog?

      April 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • tricia pardee

      Nice. I hope your getting paid for that.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Needs moar tinfoil hat.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Joe Sixpack

      Give me your money and I'll take care of your pets after you get raptured.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  95. Spencer

    I think George Orwell aka Eric Blair would have appreciated this article.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  96. trollol

    Give it up, you may manage to hide from the computers but simply wearing it will cause the computer to flag you and your disguised picture will come under human review. Great way to get onto the government's radar.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  97. What

    You want me to wear a hoodie? I'll be murdered by racists.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Bill Bob

      Silly Racist! Sorry, but everyone knows that the Hoodie trademark belongs to the Unabomber.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  98. Brendan

    You might "wanna" learn how to write better English. (Please note first line the article above.)

    Query: Am I reading a text message or a news item written by a professional writer on a serious news website? It seems to be the former....

    April 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Snell

      As noted above, this is a blog, not a professional one off article. This means it is conversational and less formal.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • BHH

      We have reached a whole new level of 'dumbing down the news media'. Thanks internet!! Gee, can I write a column for CNN if I promise to use proper grammer?

      April 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • Gnazi

        grammar. That is all.

        April 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • steve harnack

        Why don't we wait a bit on that until you know the difference between grammar and "grammer"? Now go look up irony.

        April 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • HebrewHammer85

      Is this seriously what you waste your time on all day? Wanna, as defined in the Webster dictionary as of the 2008 edition names "wanna' as a shorthand form of want to. Go play in traffic. Thanks.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • zinnamongirl

      Not every writer is a native English speaker, nor may they have had equal access to a superb education, or the environment conducive to learning, or the neurological, physical, psychological or cognitive ability to absorb and learn. Besides, it's the original thought, the idea / art / message, and or intellectual content that counts. Otherwise, the world would be filled with unemployed EDITORS. Rip apart this response to your post, as a prime example. lmao

      April 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  99. Jack L. Crain

    This is one of the silliest stories that I have seen on CNN and that is saying a lot because more than half the stories on CNN not newsworthy but silly distractions from the news we need to know.

    April 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      Your post sort of makes the author's last point that the thinking on privacy has been turned upside down. The article itself may be whimsical but it does address the fact that there is widely used computer technology designed to recognize you even if you think you are walking anonymously in a crowd or just one of a group picture at the beach posted to Facebook. It should be a real concern.

      April 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      Well, it is a blog. Apparently you didn't catch that.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      Why are you looking for the news you need to know on a blog?

      April 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  100. Szegedin

    I miss the days when journalism was at least spell-checked.

    April 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      I miss the days when people kept their useless comments to themselves. No one cares that you noticed some bad grammar or spelling.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Of course, you miss the point entirely. It all leads back to credibility.

        May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Bill

      I miss the days when you could punch d – bags in the face for making comments like this.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Perilous

      I agree with Szegedin. Unfortunately, the other replies to him provide a stark example of why intelligence and integrity is no longer valued in this country. We've outsourced that, too, it would seem.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • James

        Intelligence=how well you type

        April 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Anonymous Coward

        Not how well you type, James, but whether or not you care how well you type.

        Whether or not you're a good worker is not determined by what you wear, but if you show up for a white-collar interview in a dirty T-shirt and old, smelly jeans with rips in them, you're not likely to get the job.

        April 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
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