Frivolous Toys for Seriously Bored People
Has Facebook ever asked you to identify a nonexistent person in a photo?
Having worked on the development some relatively basic edge recognition programs, I have enormous respect for the developers of Facial Recognition Software. In the "hunt for faces," however, it might be time to dial back a bit on the algorithms. Until the software developers work out a few more issues there will always be the occasional "false positive."
Until then, however, why not take advantage of it?
Just upload a scan of your morning toast, English muffin or a digital shot of that grilled cheese sandwich to Facebook before you bite into it.
Who knows who you might find hidden in the nooks and crannies.
While the odds of finding the Blessed Mother, Jesus, Elvis or other face with serious eBay value are probably slim, you might discover a relative, classmate or even an infamous criminal.
Who knows, your lunch might come with the next Ten Thousand Dollar eBay face in the Pickle.
Here's What I'm Talking About
Below is an enlargement of the "face" that Facebook wanted me to I.D.
Here is the overall image, with the "found face" in context.
And Here is the Original Image.
The Original Image
What Facebook Found
The Green Giant Perhaps?
Now go scan that Spam™ sandwich -- you could find Abe Lincoln!