I wanted to see how the google facial recognition technology works so I uploaded a photo of myself to google images and searched for other images with it.
I wouldn’t have thought to do this normally.. it’s like one step on from googling your name. I really didn’t want to see what results would come up. They all look reassuringly unlike me – hurrah!.. I think… but I can’t decide if that is reassuringly benign because clearly it doesn’t work very well, or not.
Having seen the results, it makes me wonder what would happen it I uploaded a series of photos of myself to see what comes out each time and how similar they are. There’s potential to work with this data and create a series of drawn portraits, to create a “community of me” (even though that sounds unsettlingly narcissistic… ).
Interestingly a friend sent me this pic from a gallery in Rome this week which looks like my (younger) doppelgänger. It’s eery.