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This is the crowd before the riots in Vancouver on June 15, 2011. Click on the image to be taken to the original site.

When you are there, put your cursor anywhere in the crowd and double-click a couple of times. To further help with the image, use the scroll button of your mouse to increase or decrease the resolution.

Zero in on any one specific single face. The clarity is unbelievable. You can see - perfectly - the faces of every single individual - and there were thousands!

Just think what the police and the military have at their disposal.

Quite scary, huh?


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The Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone along Georgia St. for Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final
was captured at 5:46 pm on June 15, 2011. It is made up of 216 photos (12 across by 18 down)
stitched together, taken over a 15-minute span, and is not supposed to represent a single moment in time.

The final hi-res file is 69,394 X 30,420 pixels or 2,110 megapixels.

Special thanks to Bonita Howard and CBC Real Estate.


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Thats pretty cool but theres a lotta photo editing in there. People are cut and pasted into the image like a collage
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The only photo editing appears to be just the standard stitching issues you get with these gigapixel images, which are just a series of normal resolution images shot in rapid secession (automatically) and then stitched together (automatically).

You can see here that these two people appear in two overlapping shots, but have moved ever so slightly between the shots that they appear deformed.


But the real question should be. Where's Waldo?

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temp1024 said

  • 1. The only photo editing appears to be just the standard stitching issues …..
  • 2. But the real question should be. Where's Waldo?
1. Yup, there are 216 photos stitched together, and I guess there is going to be a bit of overlapping.

2. I think I spotted him (which makes Duck's observation understandable) - take your pick, the guy rising from the asphalt, or the 'hoody'



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2) My money is on this guy:

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Did anyone notice the video/photography equipment on this rooftop? Someone has more than just a casual interest in this event…




Anyone remember Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Florida in January 2001 and the controversy it created?
http://www.wired.com/p…cs/law/news/2001/02/41571
http://www.fathom.com/feature/122400/index.html
http://epic.org/privacy/facerecognition/

Facial recognition has been proven to be defeat-able with goofy makeup, hair styles, hats, jewelry, etc…
http://ahprojects.com/art/cv-dazzle
http://www.popsci.com/…ce-recognition-camouflage

The average person probably has nothing to worry about, but what if all those images taken of you have been stored somewhere just waiting to be used against you at a future time? A time when other software is working in conjunction with facial recognition software…

The future:
What is next? Body language recognition? Remember all those images that were taken years ago when you were young and did things a bit differently compared to now, now that you are 20 or 30 years older? Now (meaning the the future) they use body language recognition software and even though you have done nothing wrong the software has picked you out as being suspicious and you are detained for questioning.

All those images taken years ago are now being used against you in a court case. You have been labeled a terrorist just because when you were young you wanted to see the world and visited a few countries that are on the terrorist watch list.

The day you were hauled in for questioning you were just meeting someone. But on that day you were wondering if you had the right location and time. You were looking a little confused and was acting a "little suspicious" to the software because you were pacing back and forth and watching your wrist-watch a "little wrong". Now you are trying to remember why you were talking to a "questionable person" at some street market 25 years ago in some middle-eastern country. 25 years ago you laughed about defeating facial recognition software by wearing goofy makeup. Doesn't sound so "goofy" anymore does it?



Fictional? I hope so. The future? I hope not. Should you be concerned? That is up to you. Where does this type of surveillance cross the line? And who decides what and where that line is?

I have a love-hate relationship with this kind of technology. I love what innovative things can be done with software (and hardware), but hate how those innovative things could negatively change an innocent person's life.

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Fictional it is not. The casinos actually are using software to calculate peoples possibilities of cheating by monitoring expresions actions vital signs etc via video and related technologies.  It's not just in the movies it is real!  The power that this stuff brings is scary. The technology cool. But like you I love/hate it.  Scares the heck outta me how it can be abused for corupt reasons. Us just talking about this stuff right now is going through a filter somewhere to determine if our conversation could be a threat!
Another side effect that bothers me is the declining state of moral sanctitiy. It used to be that privacy was expected and through it people showed more respect to others personal belongings or artifacts etc. Todays younger generation has less recognition of this because now it is becomming assumed that privacy doesn't exist (which to a large degree it doesn't anymore) therefor people have no problem broadcasting others intimate details or disregarding personal space etc. It's really sad actually. I don't like it.
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Oh wow I just was looking again at it and on the 7th building back on the right about the 12th floor up on second window on right you can see a couple doing something you shouldn't see them doin! Of course its hard to see through the reflection so you gotta zoom all the way in but wow.
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I really agree with your last couple of sentences.

I have been talking about the erosion of privacy and the potential for mis-use for ages. Most of my family just considers me a "liberal" when, in fact, this used to be clearly a conservative issue. Unfortunately, the concept of liberal and conservative politics has been so poisoned over the past 30 years (at least) and, especially, the past decade that it has no connection to what the words once meant to describe.

There is something creepily Orwellian about many  things in what is now the "new normal".

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Duck said

Oh wow I just was looking again at it and on the 7th building back on the right about the 12th floor up on second window on right you can see a couple doing something you shouldn't see them doin! Of course its hard to see through the reflection so you gotta zoom all the way in but wow.
A little bit of voyeurism there?  O_o  They've either finished or I had the wrong building…  :lol:

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lol no I just put that in as a joke to see who'd go looking! hehe
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