With the creation of avatars, that replace your face with an animation, or in future, another person's face and body, expressions included, as seen with researchers in Japan no doubt in the works. With the long standing existence of face recognition software for photographers... Google has taken a first step into the ominous world of anonymity. Want to execute a hostage, without the effort of a mask or balaclava... Google has the solution. Want to rob a man or murder him and publish it, Google has the solution. Want to riot or cause civil unrest? Google has the solution. Want to object to your government? Google has to solution.
You have the option to have your face blurred, and to delete the original unblurred footage from Google's server. That frees Google from having to share the original, it would seem. Is the idea of an avatar replacing your face coming soon? Or a new voice? Probably, as things advance. In Japan, scientists have already created an animated avatar software which mimics expression.
'WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity
As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.”
YouTube is excited to be among the first.
Today we're launching face blurring - a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button.
Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube. '
YouTube Official | by Google
'"As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them.' Telegraph UK | 'YouTube introduces face-blurring technology' by Donna Bowater at 9:04AM BST 20 Jul 2012