Whatever your opinion about facial recognition software, it’s clear it’s becoming an integral part of everyday life. Whether it’s preventing and eliminating crime, identifying lost children, ensuring deliveries, or just bringing some much needed humanity to the tech revolution. Afterall, in the not too distant future, every ‘thing’, we are told, will be connected to the Internet. It’s only a matter of time before those ‘things’ are able to recognize and understand us.
Now to some this may feel like an Orwellian prophecy come true, yet, on closer inspection, this simply isn’t the case. Companies, both big and small, are thinking deeply about how to make our lives easier with this technology.
We are only human
Often it’s our own identities that add friction to seemingly simple processes - or rather it’s how machines interpret and manage our identities that causes the real bottlenecks - passwords, PINs and CAPTCHAs (to name but a few). Instead of using what is most natural and obvious we have a status-quo in favor of what is unnatural and complicated. In part it’s Kairos’ mission to shift this paradigm and help machines learn the importance of empathy.
So, here, we have narrowed down the innovators that impress us the most. The following list includes both private and public sector companies and is in no particular order. These are Kairos’ top 5 picks for companies using facial recognition to change the world for the better.