“Creepy . . . but impressive” facial recognition software is going to the next level

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Facial recognition systems — computers that can verify a person’s identity from a digital image or video still — have been around for a few years now. Following a recent explosion in big data analytics and artificial intelligence, facial recognition software is about to spread well beyond security cameras and criminal databases.

Computers are becoming so good at recognizing faces that soon enough consumers will be able to use them to make purchases,...

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