Biometric Camouflage

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Biometric Camouflage

New compounds are being developed to help people fool recognition algorithms and, somewhat paradoxically, help them be seen more clearly.

New compounds are being developed to help people fool recognition algorithms and, somewhat paradoxically, help them be seen more clearly.

U.S.-based Road Wise developed Safety Skin, a reflective lotion that makes your skin incredibly reflective. This is a solution for people who like to run or bike at night—the compound helps motorists see them more easily. But the compound, which includes glass microspheres and plant-based emollients, also confuses recognition algorithms, effectively acting as digital camouflage for those who don’t want to be seen.

Meanwhile, Japanese company Real-f has developed super-realistic face masks made of plastic resin around 1 millimeter thick. It takes two weeks to complete a mask and at the moment, the company is only able to produce 100 a year. Masks can be made to look exactly like you to other humans while simultaneously confusing A.I. systems.

Artist Jing-Cai Liu invented a wearable face projector that beams different images onto your face, subtly changing your appearance just enough to confuse the machines.