Stop smiling

Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia will no longer allow you to smile for your driver’s license picture. It seems that smiling throws off facial recognition technology used to detect fraudulent licenses. Residents in these states will have to display “neutral facial expressions.”

So smiling heightens individuality? Being happy would foil surveillance technology that some Big Brother might use to keep track of us? There may be something telling here, though I’m not sure what it is.

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  • Sticking your tongue out might be a more appropriate facial gesture if hands aren’t visible.

  • Sticking your tongue out might be a more appropriate facial gesture if hands aren’t visible.

  • It’s not clear from the article when or how the test is run that compares new photos with old ones, but this seems like an admission by those states of having purchased low-quality software: “A total of 31 states do computerized matching of driver’s license photos…. Most say their software matches faces regardless of expressions.”

  • It’s not clear from the article when or how the test is run that compares new photos with old ones, but this seems like an admission by those states of having purchased low-quality software: “A total of 31 states do computerized matching of driver’s license photos…. Most say their software matches faces regardless of expressions.”

  • Got the same treatment when I went to get photographed for my new federal employee ID badge.

  • Got the same treatment when I went to get photographed for my new federal employee ID badge.

  • The perils of mirth control…

  • The perils of mirth control…

  • Jim Robertson

    Smiles,everyone! Ricardo Montalban-Fantasy Island

  • Jim Robertson

    Smiles,everyone! Ricardo Montalban-Fantasy Island