Facebook is considering adding facial recognition to its highly anticipated smart glasses, which are scheduled to go on sale next year.
At a staff meeting, Facebook Reality Labs director Andrew Bosworth (Andrew Bosworth) said that the company is studying the legal and privacy implications of the technology, BuzzFeed reports.
He warned that the benefits and risks are obvious, “and we don’t know how to balance these things.”
Facial recognition can help users identify people whose names they have forgotten, the theory proposed by Bosworth or people with facial blindness.
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Facebook Reality Labs director Andrew Bosworth (Andrew Bosworth) said that the company is studying the legal and privacy implications of adding facial recognition technology to its upcoming smart glasses.
At a company-wide meeting, an unnamed employee asked Bosworth about privacy issues caused by facial recognition, including stalkers.
‘[That] Probably the most difficult question,” Bosworth replied. “Where the benefits are so obvious, and where the risks are so clear, we don’t know how to balance these things. “
Privacy has always been a pain point for Facebook. Facebook spent $650 million to close the lawsuit, accusing it of using member data to mark people in photos, thus violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Bosworth said on Twitter: “Facial recognition is a highly controversial topic, and there are good reasons.” “…I was talking about how we will openly discuss the pros and cons.”
Facebook’s Ray-Bans branded smart glasses are expected to be available later this year. Bosworth said the company will need to “make public discussions about the pros and cons of adding facial recognition tools to devices.”
He added that although Facebook’s smart glasses would be “good” without facial recognition, there are some “good use cases”, such as forgetting someone’s name at a dinner party.
He also mentioned people with aphasia or facial blindness, a neurological disease that makes it difficult to recognize familiar faces.
Maxine Williams, Facebook’s chief diversity officer, added that, according to BuzzFeed, the company may need to develop its own privacy guidelines in areas where technology is not subject to legal restrictions.
Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) revealed in September that Facebook is working with Luxottica Group to develop a pair of smart Ray-Ban.
In addition, although this wearable device will be available on the market, the social media giant has been deliberately vague about its plans.
In a blog post in January, Bosworth mocked the devices “will arrive sooner or later.”
He told Bloomberg that smart glasses can improve people’s lives in ways that smart phones cannot, such as spending good time with children.
Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) revealed in September that Facebook is working with Luxottica Group to develop a pair of smart Ray-Ban.In addition, despite this, the company has been vague about what it provides
When you pick up the phone, not only may you miss it, but if you don’t miss it, you may be watching a real event, but through your phone,” he said. “If you have the right technology, it It may be unstoppable. “
This indicates that the glasses will include cameras or other methods of capturing and saving moments.
They may not include augmented reality (AR) technology, which superimposes digital objects into a real-word environment.
“These glasses must be connected, they must provide a lot of functions, [but] Bosworth said: “We are completely skeptical about the features provided.”
“We are excited about this, but we don’t want to exaggerate. We don’t even call it augmented reality, but just call it “smart glasses”.
Another product of Facebook Reality Labs, Oculus Quest 2, has just added a new feature: users can say “Hey Facebook” to interact with the headset.
The company said in a blog post: “This will be a gradual implementation, but you can find and enable the wake word through our experimental feature settings, and then say “Hey, Facebook, take a screenshot,” “Hey, Facebook, it shows that I am an online user “, “Hey, Facebook, open Supernatural” or any other voice command to start using.”
The wake-up word function is optional. When the microphone is turned off or the headset is in sleep or power failure, the wake-up function will not work.
It started rolling out in Quest 2 headsets on Thursday and will be added to the original Quest over time.