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US on Verge of 'Facial Recognition' Revolution

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Apple presents the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theatre in the Apple Park, the new company's headquarters of the iPhone manufacturer Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. (Christoph Dernbach)

By    |   Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 05:35 PM

Facial recognition technology is in use all over the globe — and ready to change the world, NBC News reported.

The latest sign of the revolution came with announcement new iPhones are using the technology.

But NBC News reported in China, the technology is already in office buildings and at ATM machines, while high-end European hotels and retailers use it identify celebrity customers — and Australian airports are installing a system to let passengers get through security without passports.

"Everybody's face is slightly different, so it's almost like a 3D fingerprint," Lyndon Smith, professor of computer simulation and machine vision at the University of the West of England, told NBC News. "Even identical twins, you can differentiate between them when you're applying this kind of technique."

"Wherever you go in the world . . . you could, rather than carrying a card around with a PIN and all this complexity, just simply use your face," he added.

According to NBC News, researchers in the U.K. and India have developed a system that can even see through disguises. Its aim, says researcher Amarjot Singh, a graduate student in engineering at the University of Cambridge, is to "take a lot of criminals off of the streets."

"Essentially you've developed an X-ray to look into people's identity, and that I think is very exciting," he told NBC News.

The revolution has sparked some anxiety as well.

Last week, Stanford University researchers sparked a controversy when they published research suggesting facial recognition can predict sexual orientation, NBC News reported.

"Our intention is certainly not to have some kind of Big Brother thing going on; we wouldn't want this system to be used by anybody who didn't want to use it," Smith told NBC News. "We're not trying to monitor people — we're trying to help people in their everyday lives."

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