Obviously used not only for secret services
Clearview AI is the controversial facial recognition software used by the US judiciary. According to media reports, celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher can still use the tool in front of authorities and use it at parties.
In January 2020, the New York Times published a disturbing report on the Clearview AI facial recognition system. An American startup has revealed a technology that can use a huge datab ase to quickly assign facial photos to names and profiles on the Internet.
We also reported on the software and asked if lawyers could also perform full facial recognition in Germany. If the public is still shocked at the beginning of the year, then the technology is clearly already well known in some circles and has been used seriously here.
The New York Times reported on the technology again and showed that investors have been using the app for a long time. It was particularly shocking that billionaire John Catsimatidis checked his daughter's unknown date in seconds.
Surveillance, inspection and as a party trick
He asked the waiter to take pictures of the escort on his mobile phone. Using the Clearview AI database, he was able to find out who his unknown companion was and send his profile directly to his daughter's smartphone. Other investors use the app to monitor their company's branches or impress others at parties.
Actor Ashton Kutcher, who apparently also invested in the app, bragged about the app in an interview (see above, about 14:30 minutes), which fits the description of Clearview AI. The article shows that the technology clearly performs more than just safety functions.
Contrary to the allegations, Clearview AI told The New York Times that the app is only available "for law enforcement and selected security professionals as a discovery tool."
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