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Susan Fourtané
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5/30/2015 | 11:02:09 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Brian, yes, online stores have had some advantage in the past years in terms of data collection and analysis. Then it's also a question about prirvacy what comes to mind if we think of this kind of software being used in retail stores. You say, "as long as it is anonymous," but if a customer's face stays in the records, I am not sure how anonymous that could be. -Susan
Brian.Dean
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5/30/2015 | 10:03:43 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
@Susan, I think you have nailed the value proposition on the head. I can't blame the on-ground retail stores that want to capture data about the age demographics of their foot traffic as long as it is anonymous because, online retail stores have had the advantage of studying their user-traffic for years. It is software like this that could prove to be the great equalizer.  
Susan Fourtané
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5/30/2015 | 9:21:01 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Thanks, Brian. Very interesting. I wonder if this is a similar software that some stores wanted to implement some time ago as part of a marketing strategy. 

-Susan
Brian.Dean
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5/30/2015 | 8:54:38 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
@Susan, I have come across a few users that have input different images into the software and the results were both amazing as well as, a huge miss. An image of a +30 year-old individual was tagged as a 7 year-old.

The first use case of the application that I came across is from the video game industry. Developers have been using the software to modify their game characters and make the game look authentic. The matching of real faces with virtual faces could take virtual reality and storytelling to a whole new level. 
Susan Fourtané
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5/29/2015 | 4:54:05 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Joe, I find those CAPTCHAs equally annoying. I have missed some silly pictures as well because they are not clear enough. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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5/29/2015 | 4:12:18 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Brian, that Microsoft app you said sounds horrible. Have you seen it in action? Do you know if companies using it and what for? -Susan
Brian.Dean
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5/26/2015 | 4:11:16 AM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Image recognition software is progressing at a fast pace. Microsoft has an app that can analyze an image of a person and determine their age. It would just be a matter of time before someone creates a bad bot that can scan the internet to correlate an image with a word.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/23/2015 | 11:45:46 PM
Re: Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
They already have CAPTCHAs just like this -- and they are FREAKING ANNOYING for typical human users like me.  "Identify all the pictures of a burrito from the below pictures," it will tell me -- and I get stymied because I accidentally miss one because it kind of doesn't look like a burrito and looks more like a taco.

I mean, seriously.
Charlie Babcock
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5/22/2015 | 4:54:31 PM
Really, we can't outsmart the bots?
Isn't there some human-oriented test that would baffle even the 23% of bots that are good at mimicking people? Such as what is this -- with a picture of a birthday cake or some other object common to human experience but difficult for a bot to decipher. Maybe a picture with confusing multiple choice answers, such as, Who is this? with a picture of JFK or Marilyn Monroe. Most people can get that one right.


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