This fugly eighties T-shirt can dodge mass digital surveillance. Commie China will be VERY pissed.
Researchers at Northwestern University, MIT and IBM have developed a garment designed to confuse digital surveillance algorithms into thinking you don’t exist. The rotten players behind the stealthy surveillance regimes in Russia, China, Iran, etc. will be furious when streetwise fashionistas sport these garms while out and about making them unidentifiable to prying eyes.
In the realm of machine learning and ‘black box’ computer vision, surveillance algorithms work by recognizing a property in an image, drawing a ‘bounding box’ around it, and assigning a label to that object. To hack this, the T-shirt uses colorful, pixelated patterns to confuse the technology into thinking you don’t exist. In other words, the configuration of pixels obfuscates the AI’s classification/labeling system, making it harder for the machine to map out your facial parameters.
In Orwellian countries with governments that track, trace and monitor citizens, this technology can brilliantly counteract the deep creep of digital surveillance. Hoodwinking the hoodwinkers is a real delight, especially subverting spyware and algos designed to oppress the masses and infringe the rights of innocent/ordinary people.
This kind of technology, known as generative adversarial networks (GANs) in the field of AI, is extra dope because it dynamically maps the deformations/wrinkles in fabrics caused by bodily movement; when the pixels of the ‘adversarial print’ have been warped, the T-shirt can still dupe the detector and render the wearer incog or non-existent. Draconian despots beware!
America’s frontline DARPA is rumored to be allocating funds to this research as well as other players seeking to skirt panopticon scrutiny and undermine evil regimes. Other hacks include applying inventive make-up to throw off facial recognition programs and donning tinged visors, veneers and even ‘quantum stealth’ fabrics (for fooling IR scopes and thermal optic cams). You can also fuck with authorities by carrying flowers close to your face (to obscure key features such as the eyes or nose-bridge) or shroud yourself in Hyperstealth Biotech’s newest jams.
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