Tag Archives: Super-recognizers

Gosh! National test to find “Australia’s top super recognisers” this Sunday?

The super recognisers using their extraordinary skills to fight crime.
Sunday Night September 7, 2017.

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/sunday-night/features/a/37030676/australias-top-super-recogniser-stuns-experts-with-skills/

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/a/36984810/the-extraordinary-super-recognisers-who-never-forget-a-face/#page1

 

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“Are you available to work in London and the Home Counties?”

Super Recognisers International

 

Famous doubles, celebrity doppelgangers, you know what I mean….

Late-night TV is the best TV, for many reasons: programs don’t have to rate well and don’t have to pander to the mindless masses, programs can have challenging or naughty content, such as satirical comedy or heart-rending documentaries, because of less restrictions from classifications, and news TV in the small hours picks up the best part of the news-creating day on the other side of the world where all the exciting stuff happens, and late-night news TV has shows from the BBC and other overseas news networks with serious content that operates on an entirely different level to the mediocrity of news in remote Perth or down-under Australia. One of these worthy foreign news programs that you only get to see at a ridiculous time of morning is the political interview show Conflict Zone. I do love watching Tim Sebastian glaring over his specs at major foreign public figures while relentlessly demanding that they answer his questions, in full. I have no idea why these politicians and assorted suits consent to these public inquisitions. Masochistic streak? It makes 7.30 on the ABC look like daytime chat.

My super-recognizer thing often “goes off” when I watch Mr Sebastian’s mature male face, with his dark eyes fixed on his prey and his head at a lowered angle that is reminiscent of a wolf’s aggressive stance. I know of no other journo or TV personality who has this “look”. It’s confronting.

I have absolutely no conscious intention to compare Mr Sebastian to any infamous historical figure, but I can’t help automatically seeing the visual facial resemblance and the emotional similarity in the situation between Mr Sebastian’s bracing interview style and scenes from a German movie featuring a mature male actor that are so over-the-top in interpersonal fury and entertaining that they have taken on a second life as internet meme fodder.

Well fancy that!

Just noticed that super-recognition now has a Wikipedia page. We are a thing.

Super recogniser. (2017, August 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Super_recogniser&oldid=795608117

 

I might just leave this here

FACE RECOGNITION ASSESSMENTS USED IN THE STUDY OF SUPER-RECOGNISERS
Eilidh Noyes and Alice J. O’Toole
https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1705/1705.04739.pdf

 

Interesting new application for face recognition or super-recognizer abilities

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/charlottesville-white-supremacists-terrified-exposed-online-anti-fascist-vigilantes-social-media-neo-a7896081.html?cmpid=facebook-post

Another pair of celebrity doppelgangers

I try to avoid watching the 1990s American TV show Walker, Texas Ranger, but on the odd unavoidable occasion when I do, every time I see the American lead female actor Sheree J. Wilson my super-recognizer brain tells me her face is in some way a match for……

….the Australian politician Terri Butler, who has an intelligent, understated style that I find fascinating, even if I don’t take her politics too seriously. Do Butler and Wilson have anything in common, apart from similar faces? No idea.

HABEN SIE DAS TALENT ZUM SUPER-RECOGNIZER? Usted tiene el talento de super-Reconocedor?

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bit.ly/superrecognizer

 

And another politician/celebrity doppelganger pair

Where have I seen that slightly unhinged, cheesy, sometimes grimacing smile? Oh oui!

Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!

Mind the hype about AI and machine learning

I’m an advocate of the use and hiring of super-recognizers in various work roles and tasks that involve face memory or face recognition, but there are lots of people, some with personal interests and some without, who believe that technology can or will do a better job than humans can. The interesting articles below are probably worth a read if you have an interest in new technology relevant to face processing.

Hooker, Giles Machine learning: What journalists need to know. Sense About Science USA. March 22 2017.

http://www.senseaboutscienceusa.org/machine-learning-journalists-need-know/

Reese, Hope Top 10 AI failures of 2016. TechRepublic. December 2, 2016.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/top-10-ai-failures-of-2016