Sunday, April 04, 2010

One question on privacy

When I first saw the 2010 TED talk where Blaise Agüera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps, I was quite amazed to see the level of detail of the (visual) information that became so easily within reach. But a question that popped into my head back than, just came back to my mind when I used today Google's similar feature:

In these differentiate-or-die times, when so many people try to surface their uniqueness, is our face still the attribute closest to a unique identifier?

Take the next screenshot for example:

Google Maps Screenshot

What happens when a visible tattoo might identify a person easier than her face?


Ana said...

Privacy is important, that's why i don't think they'll go so far with live street images.