Commercialization of facial recognition in China almost sounds like a good idea

Someone just tweeted about this feature in WeChat that sounds almost as appealing as it is incredibly scary. Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload your selfie to WeChat official account
  2. Run Shanghai half-marathon
  3. Within hours get back photos of yourself (from thousands of pictures made by freelance photographer)
  4. Pay $1 to buy unwatermarked images

The best summary of why this could be problematic was by @donohoe:

It sounds like this could be from a popular sci-fi book but it’s real. Welcome to the future!

Source: @conniechan