Will face recognition be the Patriot missile of the domestic fight against terrorism--a technology that initially draws raves but ultimately doesn't work as well as billed?
Facial recognition involves using computers to scan a picture--like those from security cameras at an airport--and then searching through a database of other pictures for matches. A number of the companies selling face-recognition products have made elaborate promises about their technology since the Sept. 11 hijackings--claims that in some cases have contributed to a sharp run-up in their stocks.
Phone circuits were jammed, and cell phones couldn't handle the increased traffic last week. Frustrated at the inability to connect, many people found human reassurance from lines of simple text, transmitted over the Internet.
Imagine e-mail that can self-destruct after a certain amount of time, leaving no trace in in-boxes
and servers. Omniva Policy Systems has created software that can do just that.
Later this year, the Federal Communications Commission will decide whether to give the green light to so-called ultra-wideband transmission. If approved, UWB could have a dramatic impact on short-range wireless communications for the enterprise.
This software can supposedly grade "free-form" opinionated essays. The Intelligent Essay Assessor software is described as "accurate as a human grader." I can't figure out which is scarier, the fact that we have the power to allow inanimate objects to pass judgement, or that we actually put that power in motion.