Russia – Welcome to the Orwellian world! We always doubted that it’s just a matter of time when world elites will control us in a totally automatic and digital way, thought we never expected that we will actually help them. Pioneers of the Orwellian future where everything will be controlled digitally are certainly Social networks such as Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram and they have been mapping your faces for years now. All those pictures of you, with your friends in various positions or laughing, being sad are all data that has been free-willingly contributed to Facebook by yourself. In other words “Your Face is Big Data” and that is the title of a scary project made by a Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov.
He has shown us how easy is to gather information about complete strangers. Egor has made over 100 pictures of random commuters in St. Petersburg subway, because it’s easy to take pictures of people that sit across you. Then he used a “FindFace” app to track their internet profiles and results he received are beyond scary.
It’s just an open source software that scanned over 55 million plus users over Vkontakte, Russian biggest social network, and he found over 70% of people he snapped in the subway.
By the looks of this our future is very grim, as we disclose a lot about ourselves over the social media, now take a moment and think what will happen when such a face recognition database is added to general security cameras around the globe. You will never have any privacy left for yourself, thanks to your Facebook or Vkontakte selfies.
“My project is a clear illustration of the future that awaits us if we continue to disclose as much about ourselves on the internet as we do now,” he said
Other “face recognized” photos from subway: