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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe? 117

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-are-what-you-click dept.
Zothecula writes "Whether it's fashion, a favorite football team, or a certain kind of music, humans seem to enjoy being considered part of a larger group, and often self-identify as such. With this in mind, students from the University of California, San Diego Jacobs school of Engineering are currently developing a computer algorithm that can deduce from an image whether you're a goth, surfer, hipster, or biker."
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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

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  • Oh, goodie. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kheldan (1460303) on Monday December 23, 2013 @01:51PM (#45767991) Journal
    Many of us are disturbed by the idea of automated facial recognition being coupled with all the video surveillance that's becoming more and more prevalent in public places, to track us wherever we go, and that's bad enough. Now you're telling us that they're taking it to the next level and developing automated video profiling software? Is the world of Minority Report just around the corner?
  • Several options (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jklovanc (1603149) on Monday December 23, 2013 @02:36PM (#45768373)

    I would consider myself a member of at least five different tribes. While there is overlap between these tribes the overlap is nowhere near complete. For example I am a crafter and a gamer. While there are many gamers who are also crafters there are at least as many who are not.

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