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Pioneering facial recognition scientist now fears his work’s consequences

18
May
2014

Dr. Joseph J. Atick is a pioneering researcher and entrepreneur in the field of biometrics and facial recognition. After investing in the technology in the early 1990s, he went on to make his fortune as the rest of the world started to catch on — by 2011, the New York Times reports that hed made millions of dollars after the bulk of his company, L-1 Identity, was bought out by a French military contractor. However, much like Sen. Al Franken, Atick is now wary about facial recognition technologys potential for abuse, envisioning a future where powerful companies and government agencies rob everyone of their anonymity.

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