At the same time that the Met police announced they are to start using live facial recognition cameras in London I picked up my Mother's iPhone. It "recognised" my face and unlocked her phone.
If, as the article states, 80% of those asked support the move, then the assumption has to be that the benefits of being able to identify and track serious criminals and missing persons outweighs the possibility that the "recognition" might actually be wrong.
You've only got to watch the skits of Daniel Radcliffe on the Graham Norton show - where Graham shows us photos of Daniel Radcliffe doppelgangers through the ages - to know there are definitely only so many unique faces in the world.
Big unprecedented questions - to be answered by regulators, legislators and every single one of us who have an opinion.
The Metropolitan police is to start using live facial recognition (LFR) cameras linked to powerful computers on London’s streets despite scepticism from experts over how efficient the system is and widespread concerns over civil liberties. The Met rejected claims the scheme was “a breathtaking assault on rights” and claimed that 80% of people surveyed backed the move. It said the system would launch next month and would be aimed at catching serious criminals and tracking down missing persons.