Planet Earth

31
May

Hidden Faces in Earth’s Topography

George Dvorsky, writing for io9:

A new software program called GoogleFaces uses Google Maps and facial recognition software to isolate geographic structures that look like human faces. It’s far from perfect, but the program has uncovered some remarkably face-like surface features.

Humans are good at picking out faces from everyday objects and structures — a characteristic known as pareidolia; we see faces nearly everywhere, whether it be on the foam of our lattes or the surface of Mars.

The images the program has collected so far run the gamut—some are clever and cheeky (though I doubt the algorithm intended it), others leave you wondering where the face is. Regardless, given that recent news involving facial recognition has been crime-related, this project offers a refreshing twist.