Very soon your Mac will recognize your face.

 Biometrics isn't perfect, but it's better than other forms of authentication. Enjoy the read everybody.
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by:Craig Kehler
I'm curious how they handle the beard problem with facial recognition. I know it fools people that have known me for 20 years when I shave off mine. :)

When I try to google it I just find a lot of tin-foil hat type content on how to hide yourself. I'm more interested in how the tech can overcome the challenge.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Since Apple has acquired the company RealFace, you can't get to their site anymore. However, I used the good ole "WayBackMachine" and was able to pull a quote from Dec 2015 on how their facial recognition works:

What is Deep Learning?

Deep learning is a branch of machine learning inspired by the human cognition that models high-level abstract concepts using a layered architecture, which successively recognizes progressively abstract features. At RealFace we are using this amazing technology to teach computers to perform difficult tasks like recognizing people and objects. We do this the same way human toddlers learn to understand their surroundings, we show them large amounts of labeled data in the hope that they learn to generalize and figure out the world.

So, I'm guessing that your Mac will be able to recognize you, despite the shaving off of your ZZ Top beard. ;)
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by:Lucas Bishop
Since the camera will only be a few feet from your face on a Mac, your eye area alone is likely enough of a footprint to make a positive id.

In another release or two it will probably use similar technology as the government (ngi). It'll recognize your stride as you walk up to the computer and be unlocked before you even sit down.

Once we all start installing computers in our contact lenses (thx Google) though, facial recognition will be more ubiquitous than usernames.
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by:Craig Kehler
We do this the same way human toddlers learn to understand their surroundings, we show them large amounts of labeled data in the hope that they learn to generalize and figure out the world.

So will your Mac have this reaction? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61AWnBVuJL0 ;)

But joking aside, I agree with Lucas, there should be enough of your face visible to recognize you.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Lol! Both my daughter (she's 11) and my son (almost 2) would start crying if I did that in reverse (oh and my Mac).

I agree that just the data points it collects on the upper part of your face should be enough.
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by:Michael Arciniega
I wonder if it'll be fooled by holding up a picture of someone's face :P
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by:Lucas Bishop
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by:Michael Arciniega
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by:Lucas Bishop
Whoa, now that is scary on so many levels.
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